Coypu swimming through the calm waters of the reedbed near Lake Kerkini, Northern Greece. These web-footed rodents are much more agile in the water than on land and are able to stay submerged for as long as 5 minutes!
About Coypu (Nutria):
Coypu, otherwise known as Nutria, are large semi aquatic rodents whose webbed feet make them perfectly adapted to a life on the water. Coypu are highly sociable animals, often living in family units of 10+ individuals. Nutria families live in burrows or nests in dense reedbeds along riverbanks, lakeshores, and wetlands. They are very strong swimmers and can remain submerged for as long as five minutes. A Coypu’s diet mainly consists of aquatic plants and roots and small creatures such as snails or mussels. After grazing on the bank they typically take their meal into the water to wash it before eating.
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