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Muskrats.  Muskrats?  Muskrats!  Do you want to know something about muskrats?  You've come to the right place!  Hundreds of links to muskrat-related pages are given in the categories above.  Click on one and explore the world of muskrat on the web.

Here is a brief description of each category:
Biology - What they eat, where they live, what they do, etc.
Books, Stories, etc. - Fiction and nonfiction works about muskrat and where to find them
Clubs - Mickey Mouse has a club; so do muskrats
Control/Conservation - How to humanely get rid of them or help them along
Humor - Muskrat jokes
Legal - Laws pertaining to muskrat
Music - Songs and tunes and where to find them
Pictures - Still and moving pictures and drawings
Place Names - Cities, towns, bodies of water, etc., named Muskrat
Products - Information about muskrat fur and things made from muskrat fur or musk essences.
Recipes - How to cook them or where you might find some ready-to-eat muskrat
Search - Tips and hints for searching specific Internet sites for muskrat and a form for searching the "Everything Muskrat" site
Trapping/Hunting - How and when to catch them; pelt prices and services; historical descriptions of muskrat hunting and trapping; also muskrat knives, traps, and bait.
Other - Anything that didn't fit in another category; includes other sites with lists of muskrat-related sites and "muskrat" translated into other languages

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Without following all those links, what is a muskrat?
Here is a dictionary-type definition of "muskrat":

Muskratmusk•rat (musk' rat) n., pl. -rats or -rat [< Algonquian musquash] 1. An aquatic rodent of North America (Ondatra zibethica), having dark, glossy brown fur, a flattened tail, webbed hind feet, and a musky odor; also called water rat. 2. The valuable fur of this rodent.

Note:  The Probert E-Text Encyclopaedia makes a distinction between the hyphenated word musk-rat  (or musquash) as Fiber zibethicus and the unhyphenated muskrat as Ondatra zibethicus.  However, Websters Unabridged Dictionary 1913 equates musquash and muskrat.  So, (1) there is very little difference in pronunciation between "muskrat" and "musk-rat", and (2) "musquash" may refer to either animal.  This casual use of common names may result in references to both Ondatra zibethicus and Fiber zibethicus among my links.

Why do you give more than one link for each entry in a category?
People who maintain web sites often rearrange them. Usually this is a good thing, but the result is that links may now point to pages that no longer exist.  For this reason, I try to give the home page corresponding to my link--if the link becomes "broken", you can try to find it from the home page.  Larger sites (especially commercial sites) have a feature that allows you to search their sites.  This is very useful.

How do you decide if a web page qualifies to appear on your site?
Usually it has to be primarily about some aspect of muskrat or have a major section devoted to muskrat.  Sometimes a category doesn't really lend itself to that.  For example, in the Music section, many of the sites are just lists of all the records the site owner has--they did not focus on muskrats at all.  So it really just comes down to what I think will interest you in your muskrat web quest.

Can I send you information on other web pages about muskrats?
Yes!  That's what these pages are about.  My e-mail address appears at the bottom of each page expressly so you can send me url's of other pages of interest to those looking up muskrat on the web.

I do not rate or give other subjective comments about other sites--I just try to tell a little about them and allow you to explore them.  If my comments are misleading, let me know.

I am not interested in web sites that just use "muskrat" in the title because it's cute.  I want to present web sites that give information about muskrats.  Also, I am not interested in receiving a bunch of information you collected or wrote--put it up on a web page (it's really very easy) and just send me the url.  Thanks.

Why did you build a muskrat web site?
Because there wasn't one before.  I looked up "muskrat" on the Internet and did not find any comprehensive site to guide me in my search.  If there weren't already hippopotamus web sites (see Hippo World), this would be "Everything Hippopotamus" instead.

Why were you looking up muskrat on the Internet?
One of our dogs was nicknamed "Muskrat" by my son, but he and I didn't know much about muskrats at that time.  By the way, our dog isn't a whole lot like a muskrat--his coat's too light, his tail's not flat, his feet aren't webbed ... although his odor sometimes is musky. 

The maintainers of some web sites have installed links to my site.  The following are the pages of which I am aware that have links to my site.  I encourage you to check out their sites, too.
* Animals, dead or alive
* Animal Trivia and Links
* AnsMe Directory - Science > Biology > Flora and Fauna > Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia > Rodents > Muridae
* The AnswerSleuth's Muskrat
* Corinth (NY) Free Library - Online Resources and Online Resources (text-only version)
* The Crepuscular Dance of the Muskrats
* - Frequently Asked Questions
* Education Service Center, Region 20's Muskrat
* Euzéby, J.P. : Dictionnaire de bactériologie vétérinaire's  Liste des liens citation ( and Liste des liens citation ( [Merci beaucoup!]
* Gardening on the ridgetop
* Hoping to win this month's award for most unusual exercise
* Imperial Valley College Desert Museum & Southeastern Information Center's Desert Life in the Imperial Valley
* Jeroen's favourite links
* Jimbo's Trappin' Fun Page
* The Laboratory of Robert A. MacArthur
*'s Rodents Information and Links
* Linkspider UK Directory. Results for Muridae
* Louisiana Fur and Alligator Advisory Council's Recommended Links
* The Meadowlands Environment Center - Astounding Adaptations - Teacher Info
* Minnesota Trappers Links
* Moose Dung Gazette
* The Bruce and Nancy Muskrat family [Fresh Muskrat Tracks' Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)]
* National Trappers Association, Inc., Fun "Lynx"
* North Dakota Furtakers' Educational Links
*'s Recipes for Life!
* Nuuanu Elementary School, Honolulu, HI, Research Sites
* Old Muskrats Page
* The Old Muskrat's Page (There's more than one old muskrat.)
* Open Directory - Science: Biology: Flora and Fauna: Animalia: Chordata: Mammalia: Rodents: Muridae
* The Pennsylvania Trappers' Assoc., Inc.'s page Some Neat Links!
* Reference Cybrary's Curriculum Links - Science
* The Roadkill Cafe's The Rodents
* The Slumbering Lungfish Dybbuk Hostel and All-Night Boulangerie's April Two Thousand Two Archive
* SquareZ: A square dance caller's weblog's page Hanhurst April 2000
* The Unofficial Sea Shepherd - Paul Watson Webpage
* Fur Shed Links
* Webquest - Invasion Island
* West Virginia Trappers Association - Links
* Will's Skull Page's Muskrat Skull
*'s Wildlife Links--small animals, hooved animals
* Yahoo! Science>Biology>Zoology>Animals, Insects, and Pets>Mammals>Rodents
The following pages have references to "Everything Muskrat", but no links:
* Ms. Hendricks' Life Science class's Animal Fact Books 2002 A Block PowerPoint slide "Muskrat-Gloria" (text and graphic versions) from Williamsburg Middle School Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools
* New York State Department of Environmental Conservation -- Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Furbearer Management News, Winter 2000 (This is a PDF file; you'll need a PDF viewer to see it.)
* New York State Trappers' Association, Inc. Related Links and Related Links
* Scoundrel Muskrat Online Links Page

I thank the maintainers of the above sites for mentioning my site.

Also, thanks to Marge_Talt for mentioning "Everything Muskrat" in Wildlife and Gardens - Part 7 - Discussion -

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