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Muskrat

Odontra zibethicus

Description:

at a duck pond taking pictures of ducks and dragonflies and we came across this guy who wasn't the least bit shy of us.

Habitat:

pond

Notes:

I love the shot of him scratching. He was a very interesting find.

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18 Comments

KatCuff
KatCuff 10 years ago

Thank you!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 10 years ago

It is a very nice series of photos you have on this species.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 10 years ago

You are welcome!

KatCuff
KatCuff 10 years ago

Thanks Lisa! I found a website that helps with the identification of the difference between the species and have changed my ID of this critter. http://www.cmiweb.org/nutria/ReportaNutr...

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 10 years ago

The tail appears to be rounded rather than vertically flattened, suggesting that this might be a muskrat instead.

JarréttTaylor
JarréttTaylor 10 years ago

I live in the Austin area and I never seen these animals here, this picture really amazes me !

KatCuff
KatCuff 10 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Lovely series!

KatCuff
KatCuff 10 years ago

Thanks!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 10 years ago

Great pictures KatCuff!

KatCuff
KatCuff 10 years ago

I don't know at that itch being common. This is the first and only one I've ever seen.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

@ Kat,isn't the Nutria itch something very typical? They are infested with nematodes which gives them this typical itch.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

interesting.. good spotting. I love pic #4. Thanks !

KatCuff
KatCuff 10 years ago

I actually hadn't realized the resemblance between the two. After looking at other pictures, I determined that resembled the nutria family more and I haven't heard about many muskrats in this area but I have heard about other sightings of the nutria, so it was a process of elimination for me. Thanks for helping me realize the resemblance/differences.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Yes Picture number 1 does show the orange teeth!!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

@ Kat, How would you differentiate this from a muskrat?
Nutria have orange teeth.

KatCuff
KatCuff 10 years ago

Thanks! I love that I caught him with that itch. His expression is the picture.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Nice series,

KatCuff
Spotted by
KatCuff

Texas, USA

Spotted on Aug 17, 2007
Submitted on Dec 22, 2011

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