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Muskrats are excellent swimmers and evade many predators by escaping into water or into their burrows and nests. They can remain under water for up to 15 minutes.
Muskrats are very abundant in appropriate habitats, making them important prey animals for predator populations.
Muskrats are often considered pests because they eat farm crops, especially grain. Their burrows block drains and sometimes cause dikes to fail.
Northern North America to the Gulf Coast and Mexico
Swamps, marshes and wetlands
Widespread and abundant in suitable habitats
Aquatic plants and agricultural crops
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for muskrat.