After setting the trap I went back to my cot only to realize that there was an active nest 4 feet from where I would sleep and it was occupied by daring little rat that had no problem letting me watch it from a few feet away. He must have known there was no way I was going through the cholla to grab him.
|Photo by SPP|
Desert woodrats often build a defense fence of dried cholla around their nests or build them at the bases of a living cholla plant. This is stuff that will go right through your shoe sole and into your foot. Flip flops fare no better, I promise.
The nest had another visitor that I will tell you about a little later