Northern Luzon giant cloud rats are timid, forest-dwelling animals with a coat of long, rough fur. They are endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Physical Description

These timid, forest-dwelling animals have long, rough fur. Most of their coats are a combination of white to pale gray fur with dark brown or black markings on the face and body.

They have small ears, long whiskers and a densely furred tail. Their large hind feet and long claws make them excellent climbers.

Size

The cloud rat's body length ranges from 27-30 inches (69-76 centimeters), and their tail ranges from 11-12.5 inches (28-32 centimeters). 

Native Habitat

This species is endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines, where it is found in the northern and central provinces. Giant cloud rats are primarily tree-dwelling, spending most of their time high in the branches. They can sometimes be seen moving slowly along the forest floor searching for food.

Food/Eating Habits

The northern Luzon giant cloud rat's diet in the wild is not well known but may include young leaves, fruit and crops. At the Smithsonian's National Zoo, they eat rodent pellets, greens, vegetables and nuts.

Conservation Efforts

Although giant cloud rats are widespread and locally abundant, population stability is threatened by the destruction of forest habitats and hunting for food.

This species is legally protected from hunting, except by indigenous people using traditional hunting methods. Giant cloud rats are found in several national parks and other local protected areas.

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