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Pictures of Muskrats, Muskrat Facts

Muskrat swimming


Muskrat swimming

Muskrat


Muskrat

Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat
Muskrat

Muskrat ()


Muskrat ()
Muskrat Pictures, taken at Horn Pond in Woburn, MA.

Animal: Muskrat

Species: The scientific name for muskrat is Ondatra zibethicus.

Lifespan: A wild muskrat lives to be about 3 years old.

Size & Weight: A muskrat is 16-24 inches long including their tail and weighs 2-4lbs.

Habitat: Muskrats are found in most of Canada and the United States. They inhabit wetlands, marshlands, rivers, lakes and ponds.

Diet: Muskrats eats cattail and other aquatic vegetation. They also eat snails, crayfish, mussels, insects and frogs.

Family Life: Muskrats live in family units that consist of a male, a female, and their offspring. In the spring male muskrats become highly territorial over there dens and mates. Muskrats build nests in burrown in the edges of the body of water that they live in.

*Fun Facts*

  • Muskrats are mainly nocturnal!
  • Muskrats have webbed feet!