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Common Name: Muskrat




Scientific Name:
Ondatra zibethicus  

Semiaquatic—living in marshes, ponds, and lakes.

Mainly herbivorous—roots, stems, and leaves of aquatic plants such as cattails.
It may also consume insects, crayfish, mussels, turtles, frogs, fish, and carrion.

Interesting Facts:
This rodent is well adapted to semiaquatic life but is not closely related to the beaver. It, too, is valued for its fur. One of its chief enemies is the mink.

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