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Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
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Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

General Information: Muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) are large rodents of marshes, ponds, and slow moving water that could be confused with a small beaver. Muskrats are brown overall and have a long, scaly tail. The tail appears round, not broad and flat like a beaver, but actually it is laterally flattened, and muskrats swish the tail back and forth to aid in swimming.

Taxonomy: Class Mammalia, Order Rodentia, Family Cricetidae, Subfamily Arvicolinae

Where to Find: Muskrat can be found in virtually any water body around Las Vegas that has cattails and reeds along the shoreline. For example, they can be found at Pahranagat NWR, Moapa Valley NWR, and the Clark County Wetlands Park.

Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
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Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Laterally flattened tail
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Laterally flattened tail
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Note the beads of water atop head and the long whiskers
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Motoring through the water
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Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
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Muskrat juvenile
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Muskrat juvenile
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Muskrat juvenile
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Muskrat juvenile
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Muskrat juvenile eating the green surface of bulrush
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Muskrat juvenile eating the green surface of bulrush
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Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
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Juvenile muskrat
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Juvenile muskrat
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Muskrat "marking post," that is, a pile of poop
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Muskrat "marking post," that is, a pile of poop
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Scat on log at edge of water
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Heading for the reeds

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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