Swimming For The Gold

Muskrat

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Muskrat

What did one lab rat say to the other?

I’ve got my scientist so well trained that every time I push the buzzer, he brings me a snack.

Interesting Fact: Muskrats normally live in groups consisting of a male and female pair and their young. During the spring, they often fight with other muskrats over territory and potential mates. Many are injured or killed in these fights. Muskrat families build nests to protect themselves and their young from cold and predators. In streams, ponds or lakes, muskrats burrow into the bank with an underwater entrance. These entrances are 6–8 in (15–20 cm) wide. In marshes, push-ups are constructed from vegetation and mud. These push-ups are up to 3 ft (91 cm) in height. In snowy areas, they keep the openings to their push-ups closed by plugging them with vegetation, which they replace every day. Some muskrat push-ups are swept away in spring floods and have to be replaced each year. Muskrats also build feeding platforms in wetlands. They help maintain open areas in marshes, which helps to provide habitat for aquatic birds. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskrat )

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8 Comments

  1. I love reading about the muskrat!! He looks kind of like a beaver, but ol’ Beav, has a cuter name! Poor “Musk” got stuck with the “rat! He is cute for sure!! Thank you for posting:):):)

    • Yeah he got the not so great name. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Happy Blogging! 🙂

  2. We are fortunate to have muskrats here in Kazakhstan too. Often watch them on waterways. Much more attractive name in Russian – ондатра (pronounced andatra – emphasis on 2nd syllable). Beaver in Russian is бобр (Bob-r)

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