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Muskrats can stay underwater for about 15 minutes. They move slowly on land, and they are faster at swimming. Muskrats like to be in places where the water is four to six feet deep. This includes ponds and marshes. Muskrats’ bodies can stay warm in cold water.

Muskrats eat different kinds of water plants. They eat the leaves, stems, and flowers. They hold the plant in their front paws. They chew on the food with their large teeth.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a muskrat? If not, have you seen any other animals in the wild?


Have you read another book about a different animal? How is that animal similar to a muskrat? How is it different?


Muskrats build lodges or burrows. What kinds of homes do other animals have?

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