Goose Creek Lake Wildlife - Muskrats

Updated: 11/30/2017
This medium-sized mammal has short front legs with small feet, stronger hind legs with large feet, and a vertically flattened, scaly tail that is slightly shorter than the combined length of head and body. Muskrat Control The principal concern with muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) is damage to earthen dams caused by their burrowing. Tunneling into dams can result in leaks or even complete dam failure. Muskrat control is easier before a population becomes established, so watch for signs and adopt control measures before significant damage occurs. Damage to boat docks also may accurr with these animals.

The common muskrat is a medium-sized mammal that has short front legs with small feet, stronger hind legs with large feet, and a vertically flattened, scaly tail that is slightly shorter than the combined length of head and body. The hind feet are partially webbed. The back is blackish brown, and the sides are lighter brown with a reddish tinge; the underparts are still lighter, shading to white on the throat. Their musk glands produce a mild and inoffensive odor.

Size: Total length: 16–25 inches; tail length: 7–11 inches; weight: 1½–4 pounds.