Myocastor coypus (Nutria)
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Habitat: Marshy or swampy areas, streams, lakes, and ponds.

Habits: This species was introduced into the United States from South America in 1938 to be used as a commercial furbearer. Nutria eat aquatic and semiaquatic vegetation. Females produce two to three litters per year; litter size ranges from 2 to 11. Nests are placed are water or in a burrow dug in a bank.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

For more information, view the Mammalian Species account for this species.

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