Common Muskrat

Muskrat
Muskrat
Least concern conservation status
OrderRodentia
FamilyCricetidae
SubfamilyArvicolinae
TribeOndatrini
GenusOndatra
Binomial nameOndatra zibethicus
Common muskrat range map

The muskrat is a midsize, mostly nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent from North America. Their colors vary from brown to black, with a lighter underbody. They measure from 40 to 70 cm and weigh from 600 grams to 2 kg.

The muskrat is an omnivore and eats aquatic vegetation, farm and garden plants, roots, pondweed, fruits, vegetables, snails, salamanders, crustaceans, fish, and birds. They live in wetlands in the northern part of North America.

Their lifespan is 3 to 4 years. They are considered as a pest because of all the destruction it causes in the places where they live and the diseases that they can carry.