View Full Version : What is this animal ?

Tom Rankin
04-09-2005, 02:34 PM
I was hiking today and came across a roadkill that I don't recognize. I was near a pond. It's about the size of a large cat. It doesn't appear to be a fox, a raccoon, a beaver, an otter, a cat, a dog, or any other mammal I'm familiar with.

If you are not squeamish, have a look here:


If you know what it is, please let me know.

04-09-2005, 02:57 PM
i'm not an expert, but i've read a few books, and i would say that that's then first ever jackalope spotted here in the northeast.


04-09-2005, 03:02 PM
Is it a fisher, aka fisher cat, a member of the weasel family? But it looks a little small for that and doesn't have the tail. They're hard to kill.

04-09-2005, 03:38 PM
I'm almost 100% sure it's a muskrat.


04-09-2005, 04:23 PM
Yes, it looks much more like a muskrat than a fisher.

Papa Bear
04-09-2005, 04:51 PM
Muskrats I've seen always had a slimmer, non-furry tail, unlike the roadkill. Also they are fatter. No?

lumberzac's reference shows that too.

04-09-2005, 04:57 PM
I'm guessing house cat that has been there awhile.

04-09-2005, 06:59 PM
that's definitely not a fisher, i hit one of them with my car once, and i can tell you that's whatever you saw is not a fisher. fisher's generally are very long, with a tail almost as long as their bodys. the tail is also much fluffier, and the legs don't appear to be quite as long as those of a fisher.

04-09-2005, 07:08 PM
It's definitely not a fisher, they have a much bigger tail. Plus they are skinnier like a ferret. I think Fitz is right, it's a domestic cat that's been there a while. The back legs definitely look like a cat.

04-09-2005, 09:06 PM
definitely a capibara! :D

04-09-2005, 09:40 PM
this is a fisher

this is a muskrat

I don't know what you have there.

04-09-2005, 09:59 PM
Did you get a chance to count the toes?

That tail certainly, and maybe the hands and feet, look like the animal might be a raccoon. Maybe a young one that hasn't developed the full facial markings? Just a very very very long shot guess.

As many people probably know, spring is the time when the young mammals are kicked out and sent off to find their own territories. Hence a lot of inexperienced mammals end up as roadkill.

Sherpa John
04-09-2005, 10:12 PM
Praire dog or groundhog maybe? :confused:

But here is the REAL answer... DEAD

04-10-2005, 07:06 AM
I would go with the house cat thats been there for w while.

04-10-2005, 08:25 AM
The tail and fur looks like a racoon and the body and head looks like a cat. Not a fisher,martin,musrat,oppossum,bandicoot,.... I've seen several small racoons recently, probaly your best bet.

04-10-2005, 09:29 AM
I say marten (http://www.enature.com/fieldguide/showSpeciesGS.asp?sort=1&curGroupID=99&display=1&area=99&searchText=marten&curPageNum=1&recnum=MA0032)

04-10-2005, 07:33 PM
More important, did you bring it home for dinner?

Barry Sr
04-11-2005, 12:22 AM
My first impression was a young coon so I agree with those who have spoken before me in that direction

Taste like chicken Brian

04-11-2005, 07:41 AM
I'd go with a kitty thats been there for a while...

04-11-2005, 12:23 PM
Muskrats I've seen always had a slimmer, non-furry tail, unlike the roadkill. Also they are fatter. No?

lumberzac's reference shows that too.

I agree with Papa Bear. It's not a muskrat. I don't think it is a cat because of the diffrent size of the front and back feet and also the long toes.

I think it's a woodchuck.

Brianw: This (http://my.net-link.net/~vaneselk/muskrat/recipes.htm) is for you.

04-11-2005, 12:55 PM
Muskrat, muskrat candlelight
Doin' the town and doin' it right
In the evenin'
It's pretty pleasin'

Muskrat Susie, Muskrat Sam
Do the jitterbug out in muskrat land
And they shimmy
And Sammy's so skinny

And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed
Singin' and jingin' the jango
Floatin' like the heavens above
It looks like muskrat love

Nibbling on bacon, chewin' on cheese
Sammy says to Susie "Honey, would you please be my missus?"
And she say yes
With her kisses

And now he's ticklin' her fancy
Rubbin' her toes
Muzzle to muzzle, now anything goes
As they wriggle, and Sue starts to giggle

And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed
Singin' and jingin' the jango
Floatin' like the heavens above
It looks like muskrat love

La da da da da ...

04-11-2005, 01:42 PM
I believe Imarchant might be right about it being a woodchuck. As mentioned before muskrat do not have fur on their tails. Afterlooking at the feet again, the feet do not look like cat feet, toes are to long for a feline.

Thank you for the recipes, cannot wait to try them! :eek: dinner anyone?

04-11-2005, 02:24 PM
The different sized front and back feet and length of the toes on the back feet make me think RABBIT. Ears have rotted or been chewed off. "Tail" is entrails.

04-11-2005, 03:19 PM
Woodchuck seems likely given the skull shape and overall impression.



04-11-2005, 03:40 PM
I would guess a woodchuck based on the shape of the head and other characteristics described. The tail is deceptive but only because some of the fur is missing, which is also missing on at least one of the legs. I've seen squirrels in my back yard with varied tails that would make you wonder whether they were the same species.

Now, if you roll the carcass over and tickle it's tummy, and it start wiggling and giggling, then you'll know it was a .......... possum.

04-11-2005, 05:02 PM
No question about it, that's a liger. It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.

04-11-2005, 08:02 PM
Now I know their not indiginous, but that thing looks like a baby Jackel.

04-11-2005, 11:13 PM
My humble opinion, its definitly a coon. The tail and feet are the clues....stu