muskrat

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Related to Ondatra zibethicus: Erethizon dorsatum, Zapus hudsonius

muskrat

a rabbit-sized aquatic rat that lives in a burrow and lives on vegetable matter, has thick, shiny, brown and gray fur and gives off a musky odor. Called also Ondatra zibethica.
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The effect of regulated lake levels on muskrats, Ondatra zibethicus, in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota.
Among the rodents, the muskrat subspecies Ondatra zibethicus ripensis of the Pecos River or the rock mouse, Peromyscus nasutus, which occupies only a few mountainous habitats in the southern and western Trans-Pecos, and which is poorly known ecologically, might be mentioned.
Ondatra zibethicus, the muskrat, does not now occur in central Texas despite fossil specimens from Moore Pit and Miller's Cave.