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    Nutria

    I have ) doubt this guy is a Nutria having seen his tail. If it were not for the size of the one I posted as Beaver I would swear they are the same type of animal. The nutria are just not known to get that big!

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    Re: Nutria

    Looks like a muskrat. The face and tail fit and they are quite a bit smaller than beavers.

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    Re: Nutria

    Yes...I agree. However this animal was the smaller of the two and over 2ft head and body alone. Muskrats are 20 inches including tail. We have had an issue here with the nutria and the State trys to trap them but it seems we are losing the battle.

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    Re: Nutria

    Not a muskrat... I have seen those up close and have a photo somewhere... tail like a rat and not fluffly like this one. This is a nutria... whiskers give it away. I see orange teeth as well.

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    We have some of the largest nutria here in Louisiana. In some areas there is a bounty on them as they destroy everything even the leeves that hold back high water. Some folks eat them but I have not been brave enough to try it yet.

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    Re: Nutria

    Shot of a young muskrat, for comparison... We don't have nutria up this way; just beavers and muskrats.

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    Re: Nutria

    Manfred, your photo is not showing. However I have searched them out and seen many photos. I can tell you if it were not for the size difference a picture could be any of the 3 barring the showing of a Beaver tail. The Muskrat is said to only grow to 20inches frome nose to tail. This guy was bigger than that not including the 18 inch tail.

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    Re: Nutria

    No help with ID but I like the way you caught his contented look.

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    Re: Nutria

    No question about it...it's a Nutria. Muskrats faces are quite a bit different, and I've
    never seen a 'rat over about 15" body length.

    We sure don't want them here, but it looks like we're stuck with them:

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nutria.html

    If that Nutria population explodes, then finding beaver and muskrat is going to
    become difficult.

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    Re: Nutria

    If the population explodes, then eat them.

    Google for "nutria and chef prudhomme" and you will find all kinds of recipes. Here's one for nutria chili. Mmmm.... just like mama used to make.

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    Re: Nutria

    Looks like a match to me......................http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coypu

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