Roof rat - ID

Decatur, GA

I am trying to figure out what this rodent is. I thought it was a native (Georgia) but a not sure now. They have eaten lots of my tomatoes in the past.. grr… and am putting my plants in cages this year for protection.
It's body is about 3-4 inches long with the long tale and big eyes. It isn't a mouse - too big and long. Its not a Norway rat - too small and the wrong color.
Thanks.

Thumbnail by helenchild
Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

It has big nocturnal eyes. It looks a little like our Pack Rats out here in Colorado. If you don't have pack rats in Georgia, maybe a baby Opossum? I am not as familiar with them

Decatur, GA

Thanks pollen garden for the input but someone ID'ed it in the vegetable garden discussion.
Here is the site:
http://www.planet-mammiferes.org/drupal/en/node/40?indice2=Photos/Rongeur/Myomo/Murine/RattRat0.jpg

Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

We'll, if you are happy with the ID, So am I. However, the pics in your link don't seem to have the big eyes shown in your photo.

Decatur, GA

I did some more searching and found this reference which seems pretty good. I agree the eyes on the rat in my picture are bigger than the ones on the above site. The site below also describe several subspecies of the roof rat which might explain the differences.

http://icwdm.org/handbook/rodents/RoofRats.asp

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Not a Black Rat (misnamed "roof rat" in the link above), nor any other species of rat. If it was in Europe, I'd say a species of dormouse, but I don't know if they occur in the Americas or not.

Resin

Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

Try "Eastern Woodrat" - it looks a lot like your rat
Also possible in your area: "Marsh Rice Rat" (different shape?) and "Hispid Cotton Rat" (different color)

Decatur, GA

pollengarden, I think you got it
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http://www.dnr.sc.gov/cwcs/pdf/easternwoodrat.pdf

This looks very close. The only thing I don't see on my picture is the white feet.
Thanks.

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