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Old Friday 3rd July 2020, 17:37   #1
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Beaver or something else? - S Germany

Saw this guy passing by in an area where beavers are apparently resident (having been observed by others, plus visible traces of tree felling activity).
The one thing that makes me a bit unsure of the ID is that the lower back is visible above the water line. I've heard that in beavers, typically only the head and shoulders show, while Coypu and other swimming rodents swim with their back well visible. Also, Coypu are resident in a place not very far away from where this animal was seen (albeit a different habitat).
The critter was at least as big as a cat, so Muskrat should be out of the question.
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Old Friday 3rd July 2020, 17:45   #2
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To me the head shape says Beaver. Coypu has more of a square head. When swimming the amount of body they show is quite variable depending on what they are doing, how they are feeling and what age they are (kits tend to be more buoyant and sit higher in the water.

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Muskrat are bigger than you think, I've noticed that you get a more turbulent wake from a Beaver due to the power ful tail and you can see it in my shot from Belarus.

Here's a Muskrat too (left) from my patch in Russia.
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Beaver for me, probably young.

Coypu has bigger and slightly bulging muzzle which is slightly longer than eyes-to-ears area, more grey fur with a whitish area around whiskers, more prominent ears, broader and more hairy naked nasal area.

All three (beaver, coypu and muskrat) occur around my place. Which parts of the body are above water is not a constant character in my experience.
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