Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat

Latin name Phloemys pallidus
Class Mammal
Order Rodentia
Family Muridae
IUCN status Least Concern
Habitat Forests and fields
Distribution Luzon Island, Phillipines

General Information

The Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat is also called Cloudrunner.

They live mainly high up in the canopy of trees, which is why they are called “cloud” rats.It is a large species of rodent (mammals characterized by the presence of a pair of incisors which grow continuously in both the upper and lower jaws) found only in one geographic area; the Luzon Island of the Philippines.

Cloud rats are distinguished from all other rodents by their densely furred tails which are as long as their body! Their fur is usually white with a black mask and collar but can also be entirely white.

They are a nocturnal animal (active at night) that live in forests but can adapt to life in degraded habitats and agricultural areas; they are considered pests on rice fields! They live in pairs with 1-2 young.

Diet: Tender young leaves, fruits and seeds.

Lifespan: 13 years in captivity.