Nutria [ Myocastor coypus]

This critter is commonly seen along water ways and are plentiful at the Ridgefield NWR where this was taken.

Those orange front incisors are a colorful contrast to it's dark brown body color. They eat A LOT of plants and spend most of their time in the water.

  • Soleil is me. 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Inspire., and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    haha...lovely face!
  • Marinyu Anyu 8y

    Cool ! wow closeup
  • David & Eilene Hutchinson 8y

    Great eye-eye, teeth-teeth view :). What a great shot and perspective! Saw on Nutria Only pool.
  • FireMane of SC 7y

    Wow! This is unusual..for me, that animal I've not heard of?? I love learning new things like this...this is a totally cool photograph, and those teeth...amazing! The things I learn here on flickr. Thanks Rebecca, for posting this amazing photograph of this unusual creature!
  • Jimbography ;-) 7y

    wow, great caption with the image, what kind of size are we talking about here?.. it really looks big:)

    Seen in your Ridgefield NWR ~ set. (?)
  • nish326 7y

    love the orange teeth!
  • bulldog1 7y

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  • ~Isra~ 7y

    wonderful capture
  • Rachel McLain 7y

    I'm not a nutria fan, but this is such a wonderful shot!!! Well done!!
  • Steven 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS: A Prayer for Wild Things, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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  • Stephanie Horner 6y

    I did a search on your stream to see if you had any photos of these guys since you mentioned them in your great Heron shots. My friends Weimaraner was almost killed by one of these. I had never even heard of them before she told me.
    Thankfully her dog is ok and she is much more careful when near the waters edge. The Orange teeth are crazy!
  • Red~Star 6y

    @ jaeger43
    Holy cow! That's the first time I've ever heard of a dog being attacked by a nutria. The ones I see at the refuge are extremely skittish and scurry off whenever I drive close.....[ you have to remain in your vehicle at my refuge]. They are vegetarians and the two orange incisors are not sharp like a carnivores' ...they are meant to munch on plants only and can't tear at flesh. Large predators like eagles feed on nutria and coyotes eat their young. We don't see them off the refuge as most have been removed since they are not native to our area and are destructive to wet land habitat.
  • prc1333 6y

    The nutria (also known as coypu) is a large, herbivore and semi-aquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. They apparently were brought over from South America to America to breed and generate money for their fur. It wouldn't surprise me if they would attack, maybe a nest was close to the dog or the nutria thought the dog was a coyote? They are related to the Rat family.

    None the less, what a spectacular shot. And to capture the color of the teeth as you did. Great shot.

  • Holly Ford Brown 6y

    probably one of the cutest things I have ever seen in my life!! love those teeth!!
  • Travis Lawton 6y

    Really made me laugh.
  • Judy Thuerk 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Kucinski Wildlife Foundation, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Vjekoslav1 5y

    Great portrait
  • Dale O 3y

    Fascinating! Such a colour contrast with those incisors!
  • François Dorothé 2y

    Dental care required !
  • born1945 2y

    Actually, the orange on the teeth comes from iron. Their teeth may be stronger than yours. Here is a link to a photo of a beaver's colorful teeth:

    Beaver Teeth by born1945
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Taken on February 23, 2007
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