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This taxidermy animal head is a real muskrat skull. Muskrats are covered with short, thick fur which is medium to dark brown or black in color, with the belly a bit lighter. As muskrats get older, they turn partly gray in color. The fur has two layers, which helps protect them from the cold water. They have long tails covered with scales rather than hair and, to aid them in swimming, are slightly flattened vertically, which is a shape that is unique to them. When they walk on land, their tails drag on the ground, which makes their tracks easy to recognize.
Muskrats spend much of their time in the water and are well suited for their semiaquatic life. They can swim under water for 12 to 17 minutes. Their bodies, like those of seals and whales, are less sensitive to the buildup of carbon dioxide than those of most other mammals. They can close off their ears to keep the water out. Their hind feet are semi-webbed, although in swimming, their tails are their main means of propulsion.
You will receive a skull similar to the reference images. These have been hot glued shut to preserve the shape of the skull. Please keep in mind that because these are natural specimens, discoloration, slight battle scars, missing teeth, and other minor imperfections are to be expected.
• 1 skull similar to the reference specimens
• Approximately 2-3″ in size