Range Map of Beavers

Baby Beaver

Quick Facts

Type: Mammal
Diet: Herbivore
Average life span in the wild: Up to 24 years
Size: Head and body, 23 to 39 in; tail, 7.75 to 12 in
Weight: 60 lbs
Group name: Colony

Beaver Tracks

beaver-track
American Beaver

Did you know?

Beavers are second only to humans in their ability to manipulate and change their environment.

Beavers

    • weigh anywhere between 30-60 lbs. and are 2-3 feet long, not including their tail

 

    • are one of the largest rodents

 

    • front teeth never stop growing. They keep them from getting too long by their constant labor of chewing and gnawing.

 

    • possess a set of transparent eyelids which enable them to see under water

 

    • are experts in building dams, to create a safe and comfortable habitat for themselves.

 

    • dams help slow down erosion.

 

    • have been known to share their lodges with families of muskrats!

 

    • live in colonies made up of a family of an adult male and female and 2-4 kits

 

    • are nocturnal creatures and they work at night

 

    • are monogamous

 

    • have poor sight but a strong sense of smell and good hearing

 

    • move slow on land but are good swimmers and can swim up to 5 mph

 

  • can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes

Beaver Lodges

beaver lodge explained

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