strange animal

rblossomJuly 18, 2010

i am not sure what is saw but it had a tail like a rat but the rest looked like a beaver can some one tell me what i saw.

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maifleur01

Opossum better know as possum. They do have color variations in their fur.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 2:49AM
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rblossom

i have seen what possums look like the face of the animal i saw yesterday didnt look like a possum.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 3:07AM
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lucypwd(z8PNW)

could be a nutria - looks like a beaver with a rat tail. Lives in wetlands or along streams, rivers

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:39AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Not likely a nutria in NY state. I suggested a muskrat in another forum.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:45AM
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lucypwd(z8PNW)

rhizo - good point - we do have an excess of nutria out west. However, this site: http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/ansrp/ANSIS/html/myocastor_coypus_nutria.htm shows nutria do exist in New York, so it is not impossible. Muskrat have a slightly different tail and are smaller than nutria. The site listed gives differentiating details between muskrats, nutria, and beaver. Something to think about.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 12:35PM
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