By Josie

January 23rd, 2023


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Beavers are cousins with cousins with porcupines, guinea pigs and squirrels.

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They constitute the second largest rodent on the planet and are semiaquatic animals.

Here's some things you probably didn't know about them:

Before we start, let's get to know them a bit!

Scientific name: Castor Canadensis (American Beaver), Castor Fiber (Eurasian Beaver) Family: Castoridae Diet: Herbivore Habitat: Near bodies of water in forested areas Distribution: South of Canada to Northern Mexico; throughout Europe Population: North America: 6-12 millions; Europe: 1 million


The tail is large and flat with a scaly touch to it, usually measuring 18 inches in length and 5 inches in width.

A fully grown beaver measures 31-47 inches in length, excluding their tail, and weighs 24-66 pounds.


Fun Fact #1

Fun Fact #1

Just like their incisors, a beaver never really stops growing.

The biggest beavers can easily pass the 110 pound mark.

Fun Fact #2 

Fun Fact #2 

Their distinctive tail is imperative.

It acts as a rudder when they swim, and provide support when standing on their hindlegs.

In winter it acts as a fat reserve, but also helps them lose or retain heat.

Fun Fact #3

Fun Fact #3

Typically, they can house up to 8 beavers and measures 10 feet in height and 20 feet across.

They build “beaver lodges” to live in.

Their essential for protecting them against harsh climates.

Fun Fact #4

Fun Fact #4

Their architectural skills have granted them the title of “ecosystem engineers”.

Other than humans of course, no other species has such a profound effect on their surroundings.

Fun Fact #5 

Fun Fact #5 

A beaver's teeth do not only stand out because of their size, also because of their color.

Their teeth are bright orange-yellow color.

Fun Fact #6

Fun Fact #6

Although their dives usually only last for about 30 seconds, they're able to hold their breath for a whole 30 minutes.

Moreover, their webbed hind-feet allow them to reach speeds of 5 mph when swimming.

The way they're adapted to a semi-aquatic life is quite amazing, isn't it?

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