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MAMMALS

Lake Claiborne

NUTRIA

Myocastor coypus

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Gaint rodent with long, glossy, dark brown to light brown fur with gray underfur
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Beavers, muskrats
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Decreasing
  • DIET: Roots, rhizomes, tree bark, insects, crustaceans, crops, aquatic plants
  • HABITAT: Swamps, marshes, wetlands, rivers, bayous
  • BREEDING: Reproduce all year, up to 19 in a litter, up to 3 litters per year
  • BEHAVIOR: Nest in burrows, forage for aquatic plants
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Digging and invasion
  • THREATS: Alligators, garfish, cottonmouths, bald, eagles
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round