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Muskrat

Ondatra zibethicus
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Habitat: Sloughs, lakes, marshes, and streams.  They prefer areas with rushes, and open water.

Description: Long, shiny, tawny or black hairs that overly a brownish grey coat.  They also have a long black tail, that is almost hairless.  They have short legs, and their back feet are partially webbed.

Size: 46-62cm long, 0.8-1.6kg

Diet: Submerged vegetation in the winter, and in the summer, cattails, rushes, sedges, irises, water lilies, pondweeds, snails, frogs, and fish.

Fun Facts: They produce a distinct musk-like smell during breeding season, which is why its name the muskrat.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Western Tailed Blue
Everes amyntula

Habitat:  The butterfly can be found throughout Alberta and loves to live in poplar forests.

Description:  Males of the Western Tailed Blue are purplish blue on the inside of their wings while females are brown.  The undersides on both sexes’ wings are white.  On each hind wing protrudes a small tail and behind each tail is some yellowish spotting.

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