Muskrat
  • Home Range: Usually within 200 yards of its den.
 
  • Food: Muskrats are primarily herbivores, feeding upon the most abundant vegetation. Smaller animals may also constitute a part of the muskrat’s diet if the preferred vegetation is not readily available. Cornfields neighboring bodies of water are often used as feeding areas. Cattail, bulrush, arrowhead, waterlily, dry grasses, soybeans and corn are favorite muskrat foods
 
  • Mating: Breeding activity begins in March and peaks in May and June. Some individuals may breed through September. 
 
  • Gestation: 30 days
 
  • Number of young: 4 to 7
 
  • Number of litters: 2 to 3
 
  • Young independent: Mature at approximately 6 months of age.