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Just having a light afternoon snack

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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Comment balloon 18 commentsRespect Realty LLC • June 08 2011 11:20PM


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

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Sharon Lord, New Home Advisor (Maracay Homes) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 7 years ago

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!

Posted by Laurie Jarrett, REALTOR - New Braunfels, San Marcos, Texas Real Es (Keller Williams Realty Heritage-New Braunfels) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

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...

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 7 years ago

Hi certainly caught the moment...Great photo!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Really?  He looks like the Gopher in Caddyshack!

Posted by Kim Carnes, Carnes Home Inspections - Indianapolis Metro Area and beyond - (Licensed - Certified Home Inspectors (317) 753-7098) over 7 years ago


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


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 7 years ago

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


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 7 years ago

A 10 pound rat!

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



Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 7 years ago

OMG Todd that is 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!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 7 years ago

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

Posted by Emily Read over 7 years ago


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


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 7 years ago


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!


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 7 years ago

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