Who am I?
We are rodents, like mice and rats and beavers. We live in water and are well adapted to swim, dive and survive in this watery environment. Our fur is waterproof, we have a layer of fat to keep us warm, we steer with our tail like a rudder on a ship and our feet are webbed. We can grow up to a couple of feet long and weigh up to 4 pounds. I can breed anytime of the year, though tend to give birth in early spring to 5-10 little babies. I can do this up to 5 times a year! I might build a home along the banks of my water or i might even build something like a beaver lodge to raise my babies in. I will care for the little ones for about 6 weeks when they finally take off on their own.
Where can you find me?
Around the Chesapeake you can find us in brackish water creeks and coves and in just about any body of fresh water.
What do I eat?
We eat mostly aquatic plants and can clear an area rather quickly. We will eat small animals if we must, but we prefer our vegetables.
What might eat me?
Lots of things: Raccoon, Red Fox, owls, hawks, American Bald Eagles, Common Snapping Turtle, Bullfrog, snakes, and Largemouth Bass; as well as cats, dogs, and people. At the Elms it is usually the eagles or the otters that eat my babies. Life is hard here.
Cool reasons why I am the critter of the month!