A rat you might even find attractive: Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

The hispid cotton rat gets its name from the grizzled appearance of its pelage which is a mix of dark brown and black hairs with lighter brown or grey hairs.  The cotton rat is a smallish rat with males rarely reaching a 1/2 pound and these rodents are generally not going to be found in barns or buildings like the exotic Norway rat.  Their diet is composed largely of plant matter and they are generally a grassland species.  They can be found throughout Texas and the southeast US from Kansas east and south to the Carolinas and Florida.

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