How to Take Intra and Nutria


Nutria, marsh beaver 
Latin name: Myocastor coypus
English name: Nutria
French name: Ragondin
 
Class: mammal
Order: Rodents
Family: Beaver rats

Size: 40-65cm, max.10kg
Habitat: Rivers, lakes, ponds

 
 
The nutria is also known as the swamp beaver or the beaver rat. The relatively large rodent has a long, round tail covered with scales. The muskrat, on the other hand, is smaller and has a tail that is compressed sideways. The tail of the slightly larger beaver is fish-like and flat. The short, brown fur of the nutria is shiny and impermeable to water. It is white at the tip of the Schnauz. The small eyes can be found relatively high up on the head. The first four toes of the hind feet are webbed. Nutrias are excellent swimmers and divers.
 
 
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Nutria while swimming in the water.
 

 
The nutria was originally native to South America. It is not related to the muskrat, which looks similar and is native to North America, it belongs to the independent animal family of beaver rats. In Europe it was introduced as a fur supplier for nutria skins. Since the 18th century it spread through reintroductions in parts of Central Europe, Italy, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. It does not occur in Scandinavia or the British Isles. She loves river landscapes, lakes, ponds and drainage canals. It feeds primarily vegetarian on aquatic plants and bank plants. Occasionally she also ingests freshwater clams, snails or worms.
 
The Nutrias dig an earthworks on embankments. The entrance is usually just above the surface of the water. This is how the construction of the nutria differs from the dwelling of the beaver and the construction of the muskrat, where the entrance is always below the surface of the water. In earthworks, Nutrias live as a family, which can include up to a dozen animals or a little more. The female gives birth two or three times a year. Up to eight young animals can be born per litter.