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These are not "adult" web pages, of the XXX variety! (-:   Some are simply pages about muskrat that appear to be produced by amateurs (like me).  Some are written by businesses or organizations of some authority.

Muskrat Physical characteristics, habitat, diet, reproductive characteristics; Richard, Jason, and Jeremy Rickert (home page

Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Physical characteristics, habitat, diet, reproductive characteristics; Fresh Muskrat Tracks (off of their Inside Info web page.)

Muskrat Facts Physical description and habits with photograph; Western Imprints

Finger Lakes Productions NatureWatch 96.04.08 gives a script for the 90-second NatureWatch daily radio feature program "Muskrat Design", 4/11/96, which tells about the muskrat, its homes, reproduction, and young.  From NatureWatch.

Cliff Glockner's article "The Marsh's Friend, the Muskrat" discusses the muskrat's role in the ecosystem of marshlands around Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.  From Ecosystems in Delicate Balance- Threatened, Endangered, and Introduced Species of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

Muskrat Valuable fur, as food, trapping, litters, homes; from Wildlife Neighbors of the Williamsburg (Virginia) Area with illustration by Wildlife Artist Jerry Ellis.

The Newfoundland Muskrat (Ondatra obscurus) is discussed on Mammals.  It gives a little information about its habitat and homes, compares it to the Common Muskrat, and has a picture.   Le Fluvarium - l’extérieur (off of French Links) tells (in French) a little bit about muskrats living near The Fluvarium (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada).  Home page:  The Fluvarium

Visit the Mixed Forest section of Le zoo sauvage, St. Félicien, Québec, and select "Muskrat" from the left frame to see a description and anecdotes of the muskrat.

"Of muskrats and mortality" by Ona Siporin is an essay describing antics of muskrat and other wildlife and reveals why the author relates these subjects to her father, a victim of cancer.  High Country News, August 19, 1996.

The Muskrat - Physical description, reproduction, diet, habits and habitat, history in Wisconsin, DNR management, and a reading list.  From Wildlife Expo, Outdoors, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online.

The Mysticism of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek contains passages from the work about muskrat.  Home page:  Merovence.

Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is on land that was previously used for trapping and hunting.  The web page contains a brief discussion of using trapping to control the muskrat population.  From Great Outdoor Recreation Pages.

Georgia Wildlife Web Site; mammals: Neofiber alleni - Classification, species description, biology, natural history, range in Georgia, conservation status, and similar species of the Roundtail Muskrat.  From Georgia's Mammals, Animals, e-Library, Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Muskrat - Habitat, weight, diet, identification, range, reproduction, interesting facts.  From  Animals, Kaweah Oaks Preserve.

Muskrat - Range, physical characteristics, houses, diet, behaviour.  From Natural History Notebooks, Canadian Museum of Nature.  Also available in French at Rat musqué.

Muskrat - physical characteristics, habitat, diet, diseases, suggested trapping sizes and sets.  From Critters, Pennsylvania Trappers Association District 4.

Hall of Texas Mammals - Muskrat Exhibit and Texas Bird Hall - Muskrat - physical description, origin of name, habitat, diet, reproduction, cleanliness.  From The Hall of Texas Mammals and Texas Bird Hall, The Dallas Museum of Natural History.

"Wildlife Watch: wildlife: animal : Muskrat" gives range, size, description, habitat, diet, reproduction, viewing and photographing.  Get to it from Wildlife Watch at Colorado

The Muskrat - distribution, habitat, description, reproduction, habits, damage caused by, tracks.  From Furbearer Information, National Trappers Association.

The Old Muskrat's Page has a "Muskrat Fax" section giving distribution in North America, litter sizes, homes, diet, and other characteristics.

"Muskrat Rap" by naturalist Stephen David on Winter 2000 Field Notes packs in quite a bit of information about muskrat to a catchy beat:  appearance, habitat, diet, description of young, care of young, and hazards to muskrats.  From For-Mar Nature Preserve, Burton, Michigan.

The Canadian Journal of Zoology has posted an abstract and link to a PDF copy of Kevin Campbell's article.  See Nutrition and the energetic tactics of muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus): morphological and metabolic adjustments to seasonal shifts in diet quality[I suspect you need to subscribe to see the PDF file of the article.  Link's to Kevin Campbell's pages are on my Biology - College and University Pages page.]

Muskrat Skull from Will's Skull Page gives a little information about the muskrat in the UK.

Ragondins et rats musqués : marais en danger (in French) describes a project in France that includes the objective of having primary school children explore the proliferation of nutria and muskrat and their impact on the marsh environment.  From Actions Educatives pour la Nature et l'Homme en Pays-de-la-Loire; Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l'Homme.

Animales de Alaska: Alaska tells us (in Spanish) that muskrat are among the fauna of Alaska.  From Animales de Alaska, Instituto de los Hermanos del Sagrado Corazón, Plan Alfa.

Muskrat (la rata almizclera in Spanish) are on la Isla de los Castores (literally "the Island of the Beavers") near the city of Miguel Aleman in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, according to "Reforestacion de la Isla de los Castores: Una Experiencia Compartida" on Humedales y Pesquerias / Wetlands and Fisheries from Proceedings of the 8th U.S./Mexico Border States Conference on Recreation, Parks and Wildlife, Borderlands Environmental Archives, Mexico, Eco Travels in Latin America.  Also, further south in Mexico, muskrat can be seen in Parque Nacional Los Remedios in San Bartolo Naucalpan; from Index - Mexico's National Parks and Protected Areas, Mexico, Eco Travels in Latin America.

Fernando Vargas Marquez tells us (in Spanish) that muskrat are found in Parque Nacional Molino de Flores Nezahualcóyotl in the city of Texcoco in the Mexican state of México.  See Parques Nacionales de Estado de Mexico - 3, Parques Nacionales de Mexico, Eco Travels in Mexico, Eco Travels around the Globe.

Muskrat are also found south of the border--very far south, in the southern South American countries of Argentina and Chile.
- Ambiente Ecológico WWW, Edición Nº 33, Abril 1997, contains an article "Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego" that reveals that muskrat (rata almizclera, in Spanish) are found in Tierra del Fuego National Park.  And Edición 44, Marzo 1998, contains an editorial "Especies Autóctonas Vs. Exóticas", by Antonio Nicolás Gillari, that ponders the problem of imported animals such as the North American muskrat.
- They are also mentioned in a footnote in "Especie Non Grata: Efectos Ecológicos de las Especies Exóticas, by Cristián F. Estades, in Ciencia al Día Internacional, Volumen I Número 2, Septiembre 1998.
- "Ecogenetics applied to the handling of Natural Resources: The beaver (Castor canadensis) and the muskrat (Ondatra zibethica) in Tierra del Fuego" is how I translate the project listed on C.A.D.I.C (Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas) from Satlink Tierra del Fuego Site.
- A page from a Chilean site mentions muskrat:  Lagos; from Naturaleza, Inundaciones, Internet Familia.
- Reseña de las Especies de la Fauna - Parte III -- Rata almizclera tells (in Spanish) a little bit about muskrats in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina: geographic distribution, characteristics. This page presents the observation that muskrat live in different burrows for rearing young, during the winter, and for feeding itself. Home page: Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas de Atlántico Sur.
- Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego (in Spanish) mentions that muskrat is an introduced species found the the Tierra del Fuego National Park.  (Muskrat are no longer mentioned on the English version of the page.)  Hosted at Ripio Turismo Incoming Tour Operator Argentina (follow link to Ushuaia on the map and then look at the links on the right).
- "El peligro de la introducción de especies alóctonas en la Patagonia" on Comodoro Rivadavia, Temas Relacionados mentions la rata almizclera. Hosted on Comodoro Rivadavia - Chubut - Argentina.
- Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego from

If you are interested in muskrats living south of the Rio Grande, you might also check out other links I found referring to muskrats in Mexico on my Biology - Government web pages and Biology - College/University web pages.

The muskrat (rata almizclera, in Spanish) is mentioned on Composición de los Perfumes from El Mundo del Perfume, StyloWeb.

An article "La EMT retira una campaña publicitaria «por la presión del sector peletero»" ("The EMT retires an advertising campaign 'by pressure from the skinner sector'") by Rafael Jose Alvarez, mentions rata almizclera.  It appeared in El Mundo, 2000-Jan-12.

Dobrís by Mónica Villegas Gallego tells us, in Spanish, that the muskrat was introduced in the 18th Century from South America to Dobrís in the Czech Republic from where it soon spread throughout central Europe.  From Radio Praga en español.

Muskrat (ondatra zibethicus) - distribution, habitat, dwellings, diet, reproduction.  [Also in French at Le rat musqué (Ondatra zibethicus)].  From The Fur Institute of Canada / L'Institut de la Fourrure du Canada.

Rat musqué/Cadre général (in French) - names, geographic distribution, size, weight, description, habitat, homes, diet, behavior, reproduction, life expectancy, predators, population status, relationship with humans, and a short history, plus several drawings and photographs of muskrats and their tracks and homes.  On top of all that, it also has a humorous anecdote involving a muskrat.  From Les mammifères(fiches techniques), L'Animalier des Affluents, Commission scolaire des Affluents.

Muskrats are a problem in the Netherlands, too. Het werk contains a section at the bottom of the page, "Muskusrattenbestrijding".  I translate that as "Muskrat-Challenge". It tells (in Dutch) that the waterschap must watch out for the territorial challenge of muskrats. The muskrats live in holes that they make in the banks of dikes.  This weakens the banks enabling them to collapse. Water-trouble (flooding?) is the result.  The waterschap say muskrat trappers are able to capture muskrats with pinch traps. [If you can provide a better translation of this paragraph, please send it to me; my knowledge of Dutch is very limited.] The paragraph is accompanied by a striking picture of a muskrat.  Home page: Waterschap Roer en Overmaas.

The Wildlife Garden forum at Nature.Net has had interesting information about muskrat not found on other sites.  You can search all their forums for muskrat from The Nature.Net Forums.

A reading by John K. Terres about Muskrat Pond from an interactive CD-ROM software offering is available in MP3 format from Downloadable Sounds, from Magic Monkey.  In the reading, Terres discusses the evolution of a man-made pond and the muskrats that inspired its name.

Search for "Muskrat" on Encarta to find the entry for "Muskrat" (along with other articles/entries that are pertinent to muskrat) in Encarta Online Encyclopedia. - Results for muskrat - range, physical description.  From entry for "muskrat" - habitat, physical description, homes, diet, reproduction, commercial uses, round-tailed muskrat.

muskrat - a short description of muskrat from Dictionary of Animals, Dictionaries, Reference, Tiscali.