From Xplor for Kids
December 2013 Issue

Predator Vs. Prey: Mink vs. Muskrat

Publish Date

Dec 01, 2013

The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight. Here's what separates nature's winners from it's losers.

Feisty Fighter

Don’t let their chubby appearance fool you. Muskrats are fierce fighters who use their half-inch-long, razor-sharp teeth to slash enemies.

Scuba Lungs

A muskrat can hold its breath for 17 minutes and hide underwater until danger disappears.

Totally Tubular

A mink’s skinny, tube-shaped body helps it wiggle into narrow nooks and crannies to surprise muskrats in their burrows.

Paddle Feet

By churning their paddleshaped hind feet, muskrats can swim 3 miles per hour — twice as fast as any mink can muster.

Brawny Bite

Super-strong jaw muscles let a mink plunge its long, pointy teeth into the skulls of its prey.

Fast and Ferocious

On land, mink are as quick and nimble as ninjas. Once a mink tackles prey, it wraps its body around the victim and bites so quickly it’s hard to follow with the human eye.

and the winner is…

This clash in the cattails could hinge on location. Mink have the advantage on land, but muskrats gain the upper paw in water.


Also in this issue

You Discover

River otters don’t need a sled to go sliding, and neither do you.

How To: Make a Snow Lantern

Just because the sun has gone down doesn’t mean you have to, too. Keep playing in the snow by building this lantern to light your way.

Otter Chaos

This mama river otter has her paws full raising five playful pups.

Shooting Star

Samantha Foppe is one of America's top trap shooters. And she's only 15.

Wild Jobs: Range Officer Kurt Otterstein

At Jay Henges Shooting Range, Kurt Otterstein teaches people to be straight shooters and safe shooters.

Strange But True

Critters don't make New Year's resolutions. But if they did, here's what a few might say.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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