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What kind of rat am I?

What kind of rat am I?
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Copyright: Geoffrey Summers (summers) (705)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-04-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-105mm VR
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-12 7:16
Viewed: 1558
Points: 6
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Seen swimming in the canal at Sevran in full view mid-afternoon. Best shot I could do as it swam quickly and soon disappeared, apparently into a hole below the waterline.

The animal has a long, black, rat-like tail. The fur seems redder in the processed image than it appeared in the very poor light.

ID please.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-12 9:07]

Hi Geoffrey,i'm not a mammals expert,i don't know its name.But i like a lot the pic,an half and half with the reflections and in the middle the in mouvement rat,not good sharpness because the its fast swim.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Geoffrey,
It looks you have posted a new species! Don't have any idea, but like such natural habitat photograph. Well framed with nice reflection, but little bit soft. Looks natural color.
Thanks for sharing and looking forward to know the exact ID from members,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-12 19:58]

Hello Geoffrey,
Really hard to be 100% positive since it is mostly submerged, but it looks like a muskrat to me. They are very common in North America, but also have been introduced and now live in parts of Asia, Europe and South America. They are highly praised as a furbearer because of their attractive soft fur.

Not razor sharp, but as you stated it was moving quite rapidly. Beautiful natural color and very nice composition. Exposure is right on the button.

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