What is a nutria?

Nutria is a medium sized semi-aquatic rodent native to South America. A nutria can grow up to 40 inches from its nose to the tip of its rat-like tail. It weighs an average of 12 pounds, although some may reach up to 40 pounds. It is an herbivore and varies in color from dark brown to yellowish brown and occasionally white.

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