Muskrats

Muskrat Removal

Description:

Muskrats have dark brown fur made of two layers. Their thick undercoat is an insulator to keep them warm in colder weather, and the outer layer is made of long, waterproof hairs. Their tail is long, flattened and hairless and is used as a rudder for swimming.

Fun Facts: 

  • Breeding Period: March – November
  • Gestation Period: 22 – 39 days
  • Litter Size: 1 – 5 offspring
  • Adult weight: 1 – 4 lb.
  • Adult length: 16 – 24 in.
  • Food: Aquatic vegetation, plants, clams and frogs 

Habitat and Habits:

Muskrats get around mostly by swimming in and around their aquatic lodges. They can swim up to 3 miles per hour.  They are day sleepers and hunt for food during the evening.  While they seem very similar to beavers, they feed on and make their homes from aquatic vegetation instead of wooded material.  Lodges include different chambers and multiple entrances for quick escape. Muskrats are very clever when it comes to eating and avoiding predators, they create floating rafts out of reeds to eat their food to avoid predators.

Common Problems:

Muskrats dig dens around pond and lake dams, which can cause dams to leak and cause banks to erode.

It is against the State of Ohio’s law to release or relocate any animal on the land(s) of another without a written permit from the landowner. Our wildlife specialists are available to safely remove these creatures from your property, so don’t hesitate to call Jay @ (513) 479-7271.

To learn more about Wildlife Removal Services’ animal removal and animal damage repair services, visit our Services Page.

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