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North American Beaver at Carburn Park in Calgary, AlbertaCanadian Beaver (Castor canadensis)Beaver in Six Mile Lake Provincial Park in OntarioAmerican beaver guarding its pond near Chena Hot Springs, AlaskaCanadian BeaverBeavers (Castor canadensis)Beaver in Six Mile Lake Provincial Park in Ontario
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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: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

Beaver Location

Map of Beaver Locations

Beaver

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.

Beaver Translations

Cesky
Bobr
Dansk
Bæver
Deutsch
Biber
English
Beaver
Eesti
Kobras
Español
Castor
Suomi
Majavat
Français
Castor
עִבְרִית
בונה (בעל חיים)
Magyar
Hód
Italiano
Castoro
Nederlands
Bevers
Norsk
Bever
Português
Castor
Svenska
Bävrar
Türkçe
Kunduz

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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