(Ondatra zibethicus)

MuskratThe muskrat is a common resident of wetlands, rivers, streams, ponds and lakes.  This rodent likes to feed on cattails, a plants that are abundant in marshes.  Muskrats use cattails to build their lodges.  A muskrat lodge looks like a small beaver dam.  Canada geese sometimes build their nests on top of muskrat lodges because this height provides the geese with a lookout for predators.