Ondatra zibethicus (Muskrat)
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Habitat: Because these are primarily stream dwellers and bank burrowers, they require water; however, they are not found in or near large, swift-moving creeks and rivers.

Habits: Muskrats build dens in the banks adjacent to preferred aquatic habitats; in ponds and other areas where the vegetation is dense, conical houses composed of mud and plant material may be constructed, but these are uncommon in Oklahoma. The diet consists primarily of herbaceous material such as roots, bulbs, and leaves (for example, cattails, water lily, sedges, willows). Muskrats have paired musk glands near the base of the tail in both sexes that secrete a "musk oil" used to mark nests, trails, and other objects during the breeding season. Breeding may take place all year; litter sizes range from four to five. They are territorial animals.


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

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