Muskrat

Muskrat - feeds mainly on aquatic plants it also eats...

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Reader’s Digest, North American Wildlife Pleasantville, New York 1982 Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus Length: head and body, 9-15 in.; tail, 7 1/2- 10 1/2in. What to look for: color reddish brown, except for light gray belly; tail black, scaly, vertically flattened. Habitat : marshes, ponds, lakes, slow streams with reeds and cattails. This aquatic mammal persists despite the widespread drainage of marshes, for it can survive in a variety of wetland habitats. Its versatile diet is also an asset; though it
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Unformatted text preview: feeds mainly on aquatic plants, it also eats snails, clams, crayfish, and frogs and may travel hundreds of feet from water to harvest land plants. It reproduces rapidly: several litters a year, each with up to 11 young. Muskrats use aquatic lodges that are smaller than beaver lodges and made of grasses and sedges instead of sticks and mud...
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