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Nutria are large, web-footed rodents that are more agile in the water than on land.
They live in burrows, or nests, never far from the water. Nutria may inhabit a riverbank or lakeshore, or dwell in the midst of wetlands. They are strong swimmers and can remain submerged for as long as five minutes.
Nutria (also called coypu) are varied eaters, most fond of aquatic plants and roots. They also feast on small creatures such as snails or mussels.
Common Name: Nutria
Scientific Name: Myocastor coypus
Group Name: Colony
Average life span in the wild: 8 to 10 years
Average life span in captivity: Up to 10 years
Size: Head and body, 17 to 25 in; tail, 10 to 16 in
Weight: 15 to 22 lbs
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