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June 20, 2008

Nutria vs. Muskrat

There are some rodents swimming around in Lake Evergreen. The people there claim they are muskrats. I don't know if they are, however, as they look like nutria to me. I found this website that compares rodents:




The beaver has an easily recognizable flat tail. The most obvious difference between a muskrat and a nutria is size. Nutria look similar to muskrats (except larger: 15-20 pounds vs. 2-3 pounds for muskrats). However, it does also appear that the muskrat's tail is flat on the sides, whereas the nutria's tail is round like a rat's tail.



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Posted by Rob Kiser on June 20, 2008 at 04:39 PM

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