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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 9 years ago

Thank you!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

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

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

You are welcome!

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 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 9 years ago

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

JarréttTaylor
JarréttTaylor 9 years ago

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

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely series!

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

Thanks!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Great pictures KatCuff!

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

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

Hema
Hema 9 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 9 years ago

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

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 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
Hema 9 years ago

Yes Picture number 1 does show the orange teeth!!

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

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

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

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

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Nice series,

KatCuff
Spotted by
KatCuff

Texas, USA

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

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