The beaver is a mammal that is found in streams and rivers. The beaver ranges in color from brown to black. They are 40 inches long, and weigh about 70 pounds. A beaver’s four front teeth never stop growing, so it does not take that long to chomp down a tree. The beaver’s family members are kangaroo rats, pocket mice, and gophers.
Beavers are herbivores. They only eat plants. They eat plants like bark, twigs, leaves, roots, and all kinds of other trees. Beavers do not have any unusual eating habits. The North American Beaver lives from Canada to Mexico and from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. A beaver’s tail is full of fat which keeps them warm in the winter. A beaver will build a dam in the middle of a stream or river. Beavers live together in colonies to protect themselves.
Beavers have buck teeth so they can break down trees and build dams. Beavers have webbed feet so they can swim and their tail helps them turn under water.
A beavers enemies are wolfs, coyotes, mountain lions, and black bears. Not only does a beaver build a dam, some will dig under water dens in river banks.
When beavers build dams they can build them so big that they can over flow most or the rivers or streams. Beavers have really strong jaws, so it does not take that long to cut down a tree. Beavers can stay under water for about 15 minutes without coming up for air. Beavers are the second largest rodent in the world after the capybara. Beavers are slow on land but using their webbed feet, they are very good swimmers.
Beavers are really interesting creatures. They are an important part of the river ecosystem and an important part of our wold.