Muskrats live year-round in bank dens or lodges made of vegetation and mud. In the winter, groups of muskrats will share the same lodge, possibly to provide warmth to each other. When vegetation becomes scarce in winter, they will eat small water animals such as crayfish, mussels, clams and snails.
So while some mammals hibernate for the winter, many are still active during the coldest months, gathering food or hunting prey. And those that do take long winter naps, spend a lot of time and energy gathering food in preparation for the scarcity of the season.
As you sit inside this winter, sipping a hot beverage and yearning for spring, give a thought to your fellow mammals and their amazing wintertime survival skills.
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