North american Beaver

Gnawing Beavers

( Srishti, 8, tells us a few interesting facts about beavers )

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Do you know what castor canadensis are? They are beavers!

Beavers are the largest rodent in U.S.A.but are the second biggest rodents in the world. Their scientific name is castor canadensis. Their lifespan is up to 24 years. It is a mammal, not a reptile. A beaver weighs about 60 lbs and is 2-3 feet. Some of their adaptions are that they are great swimmers and they can hold their breath for 15 minutes. Beavers can even shut their nose and ears. Transparent inner eyelids cover each eye so they can see underwater with their eyes closed.

Beavers are herbivores so they only eat plant.  In the winter, their den provides them yummy food instead of having to look for food. Their favorite food is fresh green bark and wood. A beaver’s front teeth continuously counter wear from chewing their favorite food. Beaver’s teeth are great for eating and getting food.

They live in a fresh water habitat where they build their dams. Their dams are made out of sticks, branches, saplings, reeds, rocks and mud. They build dams to have shelter and protection. Some of their predators  are coyotes, wolves and bears. Their dams even help others.

Will you help beavers since they help us?

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