Behavior of Captive Allegheny Woodrats
We studied two captive Allegheny Woodrats in order to observe their typical nocturnal habits and mating behavior. They spent most of their time (63%) resting and sleeping. The next greatest amount of time was spent exploring and grooming (10.3%), followed by feeding (9.6%) and, finally, defecating (1.5%). Their mating habits include sexual chases, boxing, and multiple matings over a short period of time. The pair mated many times without the female necessarily becoming pregnant.