Scat under a log near an ephemeral pool. No other Microtus sp. in the region.
Caught in a Sherman live trap.
This adult male was killed by my (indoor) cat. In 25 years here, I never encountered a cotton rat in the house. Body length was 140 mm and tail about 100 mm.
animal and tracks in a trot - courtesy of our cat
tracks and trail
The Cricetidae are a family of rodents in the large and complex superfamily Muroidea. It includes true hamsters, voles, lemmings, and New World rats and mice. At almost 600 species, it is the second largest family of mammals, and has members throughout the New World, Asia, and Europe.