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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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Alfalfa Sulphurs
Colias eurytheme

Habitat:  The Alfalfa Sulphur can be found throughout southern and central Alberta from May to October.

Description:  Also known as the Orange Sulphur, the Alfalfa Sulphur looks very similar to other Sulphur butterflies but can be distinguished by three small dots on each of its underwings.  The tops of their wings however are orange.

Size:  35-40 mm

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