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Nutrea

Myocastor coypus

Description:

Large aquatic rodent

Habitat:

freshwater pond

Notes:

The nutrea in this city park have become habituated to people and will come out to be hand fed.

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7 Comments

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

nice whiskers!!

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 11 years ago

Nutrea were brought to Oregon after the beaver were trapped out, to supply fur for the trade. They've fit well into the niche, and now live alongside beaver and muskrat. If there were ever a new fashion that featured nutrea fur, I bet they'd be gone pretty quick. The fact that they swim quickly probably protects them from coyote & cougar, of which we have some, if not as many as before.

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 11 years ago

? Are they? Had no idea. Maybe we're missing its natural predator... Did we kill it along the way? Thanks for the update. Sometimes things are just out of balance.

MitchRay
MitchRay 11 years ago

What are you talking about? Those animals are invasive and are incredibly detrimental to the environment in North America.

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 11 years ago

Adaptation is an effective way of surviving. Mankind is taking over they're habitats and it seems that these little follows found a way... Nice capture. Thanks for sharing.

Toriroo
Toriroo 11 years ago

What a handsome couple.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Facsinating.

shebebusynow
Spotted by
shebebusynow

Roseburg, Oregon, USA

Spotted on May 30, 2008
Submitted on Mar 29, 2011

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