Observation of an Interaction between an Allegheny Woodrat (Neotoma magister) and a Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in Pennsylvania
Colton M. Moyer1,*, Joseph E. Duchamp1, Tristan M. Smith1, and Jeffery L. Larkin1
1Department of Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705. *Corresponding author.
Northeastern Naturalist, Volume 30, Issue 2 (2023): N17–N22
Neotoma magister (Allegheny Woodrat) is a threatened species in Pennsylvania and listed as Endangered in 4 of 5 bordering states. Declining food resources, genetic isolation, habitat fragmentation, disease, and increasing predator populations are considered the primary threats to Allegheny Woodrat populations. Herein, we share an observation captured on a wildlife camera of an adult woodrat displaying agonistic behavior toward a small Crotalus horridus (Timber Rattlesnake).