Saturday, January 7, 2012

beaver or muskrat?

Both muskrats and beavers build lodges in watery areas, however muskrats tend to build smaller lodges, closer to the edges of these waterways. This allows them to tunnel into the banks to create more swampy areas, their prefered habitat. Muskrat lodges rarely exceed three feet in height.

Beavers, on the other hand, tend to build much larger lodges in the deepest parts of the pond (often times created by their own damning of smaller creeks) to allow for continued, year round access. Lodges can be 50 feet in circumference and up to ten feet high.

I still don't know if we have beavers or muskrats in the swampond... or both- though an old timer once told me that beavers and muskrats don't like livin' together.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


beaver or muskrat?

i know these blurry photos won't do you any good. Honestly, it doesn't help all that much to see them in person...
I can confrm that there are certainly muskrats in the swamp. I've seen quite a few and they've shown me their tails as confirmation. Most of them are about the size of a small house cat, or even a bit smaller. However, there are also a few larger rodents in the swamp, bigger then a big housecat... they could be very big muskrats but they're extremely shy about showing off their derriers.
more info to follow...