Jerry Muskrat – Muskrat Facts, Activities, Books, Photos, and Videos

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Jerry Muskrat

Jerry Muskrat is a large rodent, most closely related to voles and lemmings.  They are named for their musky smell and rat-like appearance.  Muskrats are semi-aquatic (living easily on both land and in water) and are most active during the night, dawn, or dusk.  They have long, sharp front claws on their front feet which they use to help dig burrows along riverbanks.  Their semi-webbed back feet and long tails aid in swimming, helping to propel it through the water.  Muskrats will also build lodges in the water out of nearby vegetation.

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