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Muskrat -- Ondatra zibethicus


The average muskrat is about 2 feet in total length and weighs around 3 pounds. It has a robust form, small beady eyes and short ears hidden in its fur. Its fleshy, furred lips close behind its incisors so it can gnaw underwater without getting water in its mouth. The muskrat has short legs and small, delicate forefeet which enable it to grasp objects (Banfield, 1974). Its large hind feet are rotated slightly and have five toes which are partially webbed with strong claws. Its long scaly tail is laterally compressed and its track can often be recognized by the tail drag that accompanies the foot tracks (Barker, 1987).

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