What Is Nutria;10 Facts You Must Know

Nutria (coypu) popular name of a species and genus of rodent in the family Capromyidac. it resembles a large water rat. Its maximum length is about 2 ft. its general colour a brownish-red, and the edges of the lips and muzzle are whitish. It has short limbs, small ears, a long naked tail, and the hind feet are webbed. The fur (nutria) is used for coats, and the flesh is sometimes eaten.

What Is Nutria;10 Facts You Must Know

The diet of the coypu is principally vegetarian. Following its accidental release in this country it has become a minor pest, particularly in the Norfolk Broads. The Ministry of Agriculture has declared it a pest, and £70,000 have been spent on recent campaigns to reduce its numbers. It does damage to rends and riv, banks, and may also damage some crops.

10 Characteristics of Nutria(Coypu);You Must Know

What Is Nutria;10 Facts You Must Know

  • Physically it is a medium-sized animal with a weight that varies between 5 and 10 kilograms, with males that are larger than females.
  • The nutria finds its natural habitat near rivers and lakes or in swampy areas where it can get food.
  • The nutria does not live alone, but in groups of about ten specimens with a dominant female.
  • Nutria is a Mammal and belongs to the Rodents family. Very similar to a large mouse, it can be from 40 to 60 cm long for about 7-10 kg of weight, has a big head and a short snout. The tail of 30-45 cm is cylindrical with sparse hairs, the legs are short with five fingers, and the back ones are provided with a swimming membrane. The hair is soft and brown in color.
  • it feeds mainly on roots, tubers, leaves and grains of cereals, but also eats meat and fish.
  •  The hair is long and rigid and protects a softer, softer undercoat in shades of gray. The tail is shorter than the whole body, but can even reach 60 centimeters in length.
  • The nutria prefer aquatic plants and spontaneous vegetation. Only in the shortage of food can they feed on crops but only plants closer to the waterways.

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