The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight. Here's what separates nature's winners from it's losers.
Don’t let their chubby appearance fool you. Muskrats are fierce fighters who use their half-inch-long, razor-sharp teeth to slash enemies.
A muskrat can hold its breath for 17 minutes and hide underwater until danger disappears.
A mink’s skinny, tube-shaped body helps it wiggle into narrow nooks and crannies to surprise muskrats in their burrows.
By churning their paddleshaped hind feet, muskrats can swim 3 miles per hour — twice as fast as any mink can muster.
Super-strong jaw muscles let a mink plunge its long, pointy teeth into the skulls of its prey.
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.
This clash in the cattails could hinge on location. Mink have the advantage on land, but muskrats gain the upper paw in water.
Nichole LeClair Terrill