Just having a light afternoon snack

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

Nutria in Oregon water ways

This little guy sat up to take notice of us taking pictures of the area and thought he should pop up so we could get a picture of him. This little guy is a nutria, a large rodent who I would consider to be closely related to the beaver.  (Like beaver take up residence on many of Oregon's water ways. Even the though the Beaver if is the official animal of Oregon, I personally have seen a lot more nutria in my life than I have beaver. (Probably because beaver were hunted for their fur in the early days of Oregon’s history)

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Joan Cox
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Cool photo of the rodent!    It does look similar to the beaver!

Jun 08, 2011 04:23 PM #1
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Sharon Lord
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Todd - I've never seen a nutria before!  Are they beaver-sized, or a little smaller...?

Jun 08, 2011 04:27 PM #2
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Susan Neal
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Hi Todd - He's pretty cute.  Is he about the same size as a beaver?

Jun 08, 2011 04:28 PM #3
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Laurie Jarrett
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I've seen these beside the San Marcos River.  The first time I did we were eating outside at a riverfront restaurant and I about turned the table over.  It was huge! Well, huge compared to all rodents I've seen running loose here!

Jun 08, 2011 04:28 PM #4
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I thought those little guys were supposed to have HUGE teeth!  He doesn't look too menacing.

Jun 08, 2011 04:33 PM #5
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Christine Donovan
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Todd - I don't think I'd ever heard of a nutria until we went to the animal park you recommended.

Jun 08, 2011 04:56 PM #6
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Doug Bullwinkel
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I saw a program on these guys with "Billy the Exterminator".  They are pretty destructive and erode the banks of the rivers and ponds.  When they get too close to populated areas, they have to be relocated.  Cute little guys though.

Jun 08, 2011 05:29 PM #7
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So fun!  Wow, how fun.  I was hanging out in my backyard and a red-tailed hawk landed in the tree above us.  I ran in to get my camera, and guess what...  Yup, gone...

Jun 08, 2011 05:33 PM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Todd -- you can learn so much on Active Rain --- never realized a nutria was more common in Oregon than a beaver.  

Jun 08, 2011 05:59 PM #9
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Hi Todd...you certainly caught the moment...Great photo!

Jun 08, 2011 06:29 PM #10
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Kim Carnes
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Really?  He looks like the Gopher in Caddyshack!

Jun 08, 2011 06:38 PM #11
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Todd,

He's certainly never at a loss for a toothpick - he makes his own. :)

Steve

Jun 08, 2011 06:41 PM #12
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Cal Yoder
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Another great photo by that Clark fellow. Glad to learn something while in the Rain.

Cal

Jun 08, 2011 11:56 PM #13
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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A 10 pound rat!

I had to Google them, I've never encountered them,

Interesting.

Bill

Jun 09, 2011 01:01 AM #14
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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OMG Todd that is precious...you know me, I will pick an animal over a human most days!  Oops..did I just say that?  Well, Ok, you know what I mean!

Jun 09, 2011 01:55 AM #15
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Emily Read
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Pretty cute little thing - I've never heard of a nutria before. Great pic, Todd!

Jun 09, 2011 06:14 AM #16
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Todd,

Congratulations. Your post is now featured in "Silent Saturday." :)

Steve

Jun 09, 2011 05:22 PM #17
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Patricia Feager
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Todd,

The first time I saw a nutria was back in 1997 in Irving, Texas swimming in the canal behind some apartment complexes. Legend has it that someone (could have been the city of Irving) purchased a few nutrias to dump in the canal to make money off the furs. I never investigated to find out if there was any truth to it. In any case, I think they look much better right there where you snapped the picture!

Patricia

Jun 11, 2011 03:46 AM #18
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