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America’s Endangered Animal: Key Largo Woodrat

Animal

The Key Largo Woodratt is a subspecies of the Woodratt that lives on Key Largo Island, Florida, USA. It is said that there are very few inhabitants, and it is said that there are only around 6,500 of them. Key Largo Woodrats are endangered because they are found only on Key Largo Island. The reality is that these rats are constantly being preyed on by cats brought in by humans.

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habitat

Key Largo Woodrats live only on Key Largo Island, Florida, USA.

Characteristics

The Key Largo Woodrat is a very small rat with a total length of 350mm and a weight of 250g. The Key Largo Woodrats are very similar in appearance to the Florida Woodrats. The Key Largo Woodrats are rare rats found only on Key Largo Island. The body color is greyish brown with white belly, chest and throat. In the 1980s, it was said that there were only around 6,500 of them. Due to their extremely small population and small size, they are said to be difficult to find. The main habitat is forest areas.

Ecology

Key Largo Woodrats live on leaves and fruits. Key Largo Woodrats make good use of wooden sticks to build their nests and live there. Nests are often built in crevices between rocks to prevent predators from finding them. Not much is known about ecology.

endangered species

The Key Largo Woodrat is listed as an endangered species. This is because it is an endemic species found only in Key Largo and because of its low population. But there are also many threats. One is a cat. Cats are the natural enemy of rats, but as it is said that cats are the animals most kept by humans, cats live on this island and are preyed upon. In addition, it is heavily influenced by human land development. Key Largo Woodrats have been in decline since the 1980s. By the 1990s, the woodrats’ habitat had shrunk to about 3 square miles and they were described as “one of the rarest creatures on the planet.” It is now managed by a wildlife sanctuary and a captive breeding program is in place.

Breeding

Key Largo Woodrats are extremely rare and endangered species, making them difficult to keep. See it at the zoo or go to America.

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