North-American fur-bearing animal was brought to Russia from Finland in
the first half of the 20th century. Musk-rat acclimatized itself
successfully and settled widely all over the country. Musk-rat.s
outward appearance resembles that of a water-rat, however, musk-rat is
bigger, and the body-length is 30 cm, its tail . 25 cm. Its brilliant
fur is dark-, copper . and gold-brown on the spine and sides and
lighter on the head and has somewhat rough top hair and thick and
tender protective hair.
The animal lives on a vegetable diet - generally waterside plants . reeds, cane and sedge.
musk-rat has a long breeding period, from March till July, but
pregnancy lasts only 27 days, that.s why during one reproductive period
a female can have 2-4 litters of 5-6 cubs.