Mice Rats and Relatives: Muridae
Muskrat (ondatra Zibethicus): Species Accounts
Physical characteristics: The muskrat has dark brown upperparts and light grayish brown underparts. Adult head and body length is 15.5 to 24.5 inches (40 to 62 centimeters) and weight is 1.1 to 4 pounds (0.55 to 1.82 kilograms).
Geographic range: They range in the western part of North America, and have also been introduced into Europe, Asia, and South America.
Habitat: Muskrats are found around water, specially rivers, lakes, marshes, and lagoons.
Diet: They eat aquatic plants, invertebrates, and small vertebrates.
Behavior and reproduction: Muskrats either dig burrows in earthen banks or build large floating lodges of vegetation. They sometimes live in families of several generations. Females have a gestation, pregnancy, period of twenty-five to thirty days, and then have a litter of four to eight young. Five or six litters are possible each year.
Muskrats and people: People hunt and raise muskrats for fur. They are often considered pests in some regions.
Conservation status: Muskrats are not threatened. ∎
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