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Muskrat 
Traits: Brownish rodent; long, naked tail, flattened side to side with short hairs; hind feet webbed; two gnawing teeth (incisors) on both upper and lower jaws

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, marshes, estuaries

Foods: Aquatic plants (bulrushes, water lilies, pondweeds), some mussels, frogs, fish

Eaten by: Hawks, owls, foxes, coyotes, mink

Do You Know? During winter, muskrats spend much of their time under the ice. They maintain holes through the ice, called "pushups," for breathing and as feeding sites.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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