Name That Animal

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19 Comments

  1. angela brown

     /  January 12, 2012

    nutra (sp?)

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  2. Clarice

     /  January 12, 2012

    muskrat?

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  3. Tammy

     /  January 12, 2012

    I’m thinking a muskrat too.

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  4. Muskrat?

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  5. alice in LALA land

     /  January 12, 2012

    muskrat ramble.. come on and ramble along

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  6. Kerry

     /  January 12, 2012

    Muskrat :-)

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  7. Just wanted to drop in an unrelated link for you animal lovers and lovers of teeny things (of which I am both):

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/01/120111-smallest-frogs-vertebrates-new-species-science-animals/

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  8. Laceysmom

     /  January 12, 2012

    Nutria?

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  9. FixCharlotte

     /  January 12, 2012

    Looks like a drowned rat!

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  10. Eucritta

     /  January 12, 2012

    Looks like a nutria to me.

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  11. Muskrat.

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  12. brown and furry and wet? Just kidding

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  13. Sheri

     /  January 12, 2012

    Muskrat

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  14. ANSWER TIME

    This is a nutria. I saw a show on NatGeo about them this week. That was the first I’d heard of them.

    Since so many of you guessed muskrat, I looked up the differences between the two. A muskrat is not as large as a nutria (not that you could tell from this single photo of course) and they have a “long, rat-like tail that is flattened vertically”.

    A Nutria has several distinct features distinguishing it from the muskrat:

    *Muzzle is covered by white coarse hair
    *Tail is hairy and round (not compressed from side to side) and pointed at the tip
    *Hind legs are much longer than the front legs, giving them a hunched appearance when on land
    *Hind feet are webbed
    *Large incisors are yellow to orange-red

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  15. Laceysmom

     /  January 12, 2012

    I hear they taste like chicken…

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  16. retrieverman

     /  January 15, 2012

    There used to be a lot of nutria at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

    I saw one hit along the road once, and I thought it was a giant muskrat.

    Nutria means otter in Spanish. They call them coypu in Spanish.

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  17. retrieverman

     /  January 15, 2012

    http://www.newbernsj.com/news/nutria-17114-sumner-atlantic.html

    I guess they don’t exist in South Carolina.

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