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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
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

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

Jun 08, 2011 11:23 PM #1
Sharon Lord
Argent Décor - Phoenix, AZ
Argent Décor - AZ Vacation Home Furnishing Service

Todd - I've never seen a nutria before!  Are they beaver-sized, or a little smaller...?

Jun 08, 2011 11:27 PM #2
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Todd - He's pretty cute.  Is he about the same size as a beaver?

Jun 08, 2011 11:28 PM #3
Laurie Jarrett
Keller Williams Realty Heritage-New Braunfels - New Braunfels, TX
REALTOR - New Braunfels, San Marcos, Texas Real Es

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 11:28 PM #4
Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers
The Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Southwest Associates - Durango, CO
Selling Durango CO homes to good people like you!

I thought those little guys were supposed to have HUGE teeth!  He doesn't look too menacing.

Jun 08, 2011 11:33 PM #5
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Todd - I don't think I'd ever heard of a nutria until we went to the animal park you recommended.

Jun 08, 2011 11:56 PM #6
Doug Bullwinkel
Vitek Mortgage Group - Roseville, CA
NMLS #281609

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 09, 2011 12:29 AM #7
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California) - Cupertino, CA
Silicon Valley, California

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 09, 2011 12:33 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393

Hi Todd -- you can learn so much on Active Rain --- never realized a nutria was more common in Oregon than a beaver.  

Jun 09, 2011 12:59 AM #9
Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC
Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant

Hi Todd...you certainly caught the moment...Great photo!

Jun 09, 2011 01:29 AM #10
Kim Carnes
Licensed - Certified Home Inspectors (317) 753-7098 - Indianapolis, IN
Carnes Home Inspections - Indianapolis Metro Area and beyond -

Really?  He looks like the Gopher in Caddyshack!

Jun 09, 2011 01:38 AM #11
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
New Home Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author


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


Jun 09, 2011 01:41 AM #12
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams of Central PA East - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Another great photo by that Clark fellow. Glad to learn something while in the Rain.


Jun 09, 2011 06:56 AM #13
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

A 10 pound rat!

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



Jun 09, 2011 08:01 AM #14
Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

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 08:55 AM #15
Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

Pretty cute little thing - I've never heard of a nutria before. Great pic, Todd!

Jun 09, 2011 01:14 PM #16
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
New Home Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author


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


Jun 10, 2011 12:22 AM #17
Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
The Little REALTOR® That Could


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!


Jun 11, 2011 10:46 AM #18
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