The Muskrat can be found within Canada, the United States and parts of Mexico, they were introduced to Europe in the early 20th century as a means for fur. Musquash is an alternate Canadian and British name for muskrat. The muskrat has a short, thick under fur that is waterproof with a glossy over layer of longer fur. Muskrat varies in color, from light brown to black. The fur consists of two layers, helping protect the muskrat from cold water; this means that the fur is extremely durable to all weather conditions. Muskrat fur is very warm and their fur very popular during the winter months all over North America and Europe. Muskrat is commonly seen today in Canadian made fur hats.