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North American Beaver at Carburn Park in Calgary, Alberta
Canadian Beaver
Beavers (Castor canadensis)
American beaver guarding its pond near Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
Canadian Beaver (Castor canadensis)
Beavers are most well known for their distinctive home-building that can be seen in rivers and streams. The beavers dam is built from twigs, sticks, leaves and mud and are surprisingly strong. Here the beavers can catch their food and swim in the water.

Beavers are nocturnal animals existing in the forests of Europe and North America (the Canadian beaver is the most common beaver). Beavers use their large, flat shaped tails, to help with dam building and it also allows the beavers to swim at speeds of up to 30 knots per hour.

The beaver's significance is acknowledged in Canada by the fact that there is a Canadian Beaver on one of their coins.

The beaver colonies create one or more dams in the beaver colonies' habitat to provide still, deep water to protect the beavers against predators. The beavers also use the deep water created using beaver dams and to float food and building materials along the river.

In 1988 the North American beaver population was 60-400 million. Recent studies have estimated there are now around 6-12 million beavers found in the wild. The decline in beaver populations is due to the beavers being hunted for their fur and for the beaver's glands that are used as medicine and perfume. The beaver is also hunted because the beavers harvesting of trees and the beavers flooding of waterways may interfere with other human land uses.

Beavers are known for their danger signal which the beaver makes when the beaver is startled or frightened. A swimming beaver will rapidly dive while forcefully slapping the water with its broad tail. This means that the beaver creates a loud slapping noise, which can be heard over large distances above and below water. This beaver warning noise serves as a warning to beavers in the area. Once a beaver has made this danger signal, nearby beavers dive and may not come back up for some time.

Beavers are slow on land, but the beavers are good swimmers that can stay under water for as long as 15 minutes at a time. In the winter the beaver does not hibernate but instead stores sticks and logs underwater that the beaver can then feed on through the cold winter.


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Beaver Translations

Czech Cesky
Bobr
 
Danish Dansk
Bæver
 
German Deutsch
Biber
 
English English
Beaver
 
Estonian Eesti
Kobras
 
Spanish Español
Castor
 
Finnish Suomi
Majavat
 
French Français
Castor
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
בונה (בעל חיים)
 
Hungarian Magyar
Hód
 
Italian Italiano
Castoro
 
Dutch Nederlands
Bevers
 
Norwegian Norsk
Bever
 
Portuguese Português
Castor
 
Swedish Svenska
Bävrar
 
Turkish Türkçe
Kunduz
 

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Beaver Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Castoridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Castor
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Castor Canadensis
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
80cm - 120cm (31in - 47in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
16kg - 27kg (35lbs - 60lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
55km/h (34mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 20 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Tree bark
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Arid forest and desert
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
4
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Tree bark, Willow, Water lilly
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Wolf, Bear, Lynx
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Transparent eyelids and big, flat tail

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