Just some info on Muskrats.
MUSKRAT (Ondatra zibethica)
Activity Pattern diurnal, year round
The muskrat is the largest North American member of the rats, mice, and lemmings at 40 cm to 50 cm in length. Fur colour varies from light brown to black, with light gray underparts. The long, black scaly tail is flattened on both sides. Found from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, muskrats are common throughout the marshes, lakes, and rivers of Nova Scotia.
Muskrats are excellent swimmers. Their webbed feet push them forward, while their tail acts as a rudder to steer them. They have waterproof fur and lips that can close behind the front teeth to allow for underwater chewing. Muskrats are mainly herbivorous, eating aquatic plants. Up to 80 per cent of their diet may be cattails and bulrushes. They occasionally eat mussels, clams, fish, and amphibians. Young muskrats may be eaten by large predatory fish or snapping turtles. Adult muskrats may be caught by foxes, coyotes, minks, hawks, owls, and eagles.
The best habitat for muskrat has roughly equal amounts of open water and above-water vegetation. Water deeper than two-thirds of a metre is preferred, as freezing to the bottom is unlikely, and depths less than 2 m are best for abundant vegetation. A system of channels and feeding platforms connects to bank burrows and muskrat houses built with mud and vegetation. The houses are constructed in late summer or fall. They vary from 1 m to 1.4 m in diameter and rise 30 cm to 75 cm above the water surface. Houses have one or two underwater entrances and at least one dry resting chamber. Bank burrows are similar in design and are preferred sites for raising young. A characteristic feature in winter are “push-ups,” which are domes of frozen vegetation covering an open plunge hole in the ice where muskrats can feed.
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