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muskrat Ondatra zibethicus

Order Rodentia Rodents

  • Animals with 2 upper & 2 lower incisors and no canines
  • Of all mammals, has the most number of worldwide species

Family Microtine mice (have long hairs on upper side of ears, so appear covered)                               

Named for pair of musk glands found on either side of lower abdomen in both sexes. Habitat- near freshwater. Eats water-growing plants (cattails, tules, rushes), bulbs, and grasses. Builds a house from aquatic plants; has submerged door.