The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Ondatra zibethicus
Family: Circetidae

Omnivore / Prey
Native to Virginia

Muskrat Factsheet



The muskrat is a relative of the otter and beaver, and behaves in much the same way. These mostly aquatic rodents are most active at night, especially in the late evening and early morning hours.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

Anecdotal information, sightings, and the occasional road kill tell us that this semi-aquatic rodent is a common player in the James River Park. But videos from only one site captured this rat-like creature over four days in late August, early September.

Muskrat! from Science in the Park on Vimeo.

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