Muskrats are supposedly active at night, especially near dawn and after sunset, but I found a pair of muskrats swimming around a tree-fall in the middle of the day on the creek outflow from Sucker Lake in St. Paul the other day. After a few laps around and under the tree-fall, the two proceeded to find appropriate napping places to spend the afternoon hours. One of the pair snoozed under the log, and the other one, which couldn’t seem to squeeze out enough space under the log, piled into the leaves on top of the log.
It looks like there really isn’t room for more than one muskrat to rest here.
Jostling for position, the second muskrat is still not really out of the water.
It’s really no better this way, either.
Up on the log in the leaf litter, the second muskrat gets a chance to dry off and catch a few winks. It seems like they double in size when their fur is dry.
“When my hair dries out, I just can’t do anything with it.”
You can just barely see the back of the muskrat (center) buried in leaf litter. If I hadn’t watched it bury itself in the leaves, I would have walked right past this.