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Old 04-16-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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Its been a while since ive been around the forums but i thought id share a short video i took this past week.
I live on a marsh and there is quite the variety of wildlife. I have always seen muskrats and always wondered if the big lodge in the middle of the marsh was muskrats or if there was or is a beaver around.

This past week i was out at sunset watching the marsh when i saw something swimming in the water. I figured it was a muskrat but its head was so much bigger than any other muskrat i had seen. It also acted a bit different than the muskrats ive seen. But it was getting dark so when this guy started slapping its tail on the surface of the water i took a quick video of it. I havent seen it again since i took the video but i figured someone on here would know if muskrats slap their tails like this or if just beavers or what.

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Hmmm I can't make heads nor tails about it.
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Welcome back, CitraBenzoet! It was nice to see your name appear in my un-read messages list.

Great video, unfortunately I'm not an expert on beavers nor muskrats. My *guess* would be a beaver--I know they slap their tails.

Hopefully someone else will give you a more definitive answer.
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I increased screen size to get a better look at that tail as it flaped. It looks like the flap paddle shape of a beaver tail. A muskrat's tail looks like a big rats tail in the water. While the muskrat will slap water as a warning it looks completely different more like a whip. I think it is a beaver.
If the stucture has branches and good sized pieces of wood it is a beaver home.

I have looked at that video a couple of times now and that is definitely a beaver.
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I couldn't tell if it was a narrow or a wide tail as you say, It flipped so quick!
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Well i went looking around the marsh and found signs that beavers do indeed live here.

This first picture is of a lodge. Its been in the marsh for years. I always figured that it at one point was a beaver lodge and then had just been used by muskrats and geese(a Canadian goose is nesting on top of it).

If i get a better picture or video of the beaver ill post it.
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CitraBenzoet,

You are lucky to live near a marsh.

Thanks for the pictures of the goose and the clear signs of beaver activities.
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Don't tell anyone or you may loose it to a trapper!
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