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Nutria, Swamp Beaver, Coypu

(lat.) Myocastor coypus


Geographic distribution

Central Bolivia and Southern Brazil – to Tierra del Fuego; populations of animals that fled from farms can be found throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S.


Fantasy names

Otter nutria

Nutria Seal


Farm housing / Trapping

Held in small concrete bunkers; trapping, e.g. in Louisiana: 445,963 animals were caught in 2009/2010.



It takes the fur of 25 to 35 nutria to make a fur coat.


More information on biology and behavior


More information on farm housing


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