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Eastern Woodrat (Neotoma floridana)

                                                                           Eastern Woodrat, found along Cumberland River. 1996

 

My son Stephen was piloting the "Maiden Voyage" a 30' 1965 Chris Craft. He had a video camera in one hand and a fishing pole in the other while driving the boat. I was in my second month of swimming the Cumberland River as I was plying across Cordell Hull Reservoir. It was afternoon and   time for a break as we were approaching Salt Lick Creek. I motioned for Stephen to anchor the boat and bring the old Starcraft to my side of the river. I'm not going to reveal where this creature was found but as we were exploring I shined the light up in a creavice and caught a glimps of this interesting creature. Not sure what I found until years later, it has been identified as an Eastern Woodrat. These have never been found in Tennessee as far as I know. Who knows what else is out there?