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Common Muskrat

Ondantra zibethicus


Adorable! Bigger than a rat but much smaller than an otter or beaver. Thin round tail with little fur (looks like a rat's) used for steering when swimming. Fur reddish brown, with oils to keep water from soaking in. A very quick and agile swimmer.


Marshy bank of a freshwater bay, in a local park. It had a den of dry grasses built at the water's edge, hidden by tall grass and a big rock. The den had at least three entrances - two above water level and one below. This individual appeared to be living alone.

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Mandy Hollman
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Mandy Hollman

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jul 26, 2014
Submitted on Jul 27, 2014

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