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Beavers are known for their natural trait of building dams on rivers and streams, and building their homes (known as "lodges") in the resulting pond. Beavers also build canals to float build materials that are difficult to haul over land. They use powerful front teeth to cut trees and other plants that they use both for building and for food.


Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents. Beavers are known for the ability to build dams and canals.

Beaver Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Castoridae
Genus: Castor

Other Names: Canadian Beaver, American Beaver, Beaver in North America, North American Beaver, Eurasian Beaver

Beavers in Foreign Languages:

Albanian: kastori
Ancient Greek: kastor
Arabic: sammuur
Armenian: kugb
Basque: kastore
Belarusian: babér
Bosnian: daba
Breton: avank eurazia
Bulgarian: bóbar
Catalan: castor
Cherokee: doya
Cree: amisk
Croatian: dabar
Czech: bobr
Danish: bćver
Dutch: bever
Esperanto: kastoro
Estonian: kobras / piiber
Faroese: bćvur
Finnish: majava
French: castor / bičvre
Galician: castor
Georgian: t'axvi
German: Biber
Greek: kástoras
Hopi: pahona
Hungarian: hód
Icelandic: bjór / bifur
Irish: béabhar
Italian: castoro
Japanese: biba
Korean: bibeo
Latin: castor
Latvian: bebrs
Lithuanian: bebras
Lower Sorbian: bobr
Macedonian: dábar
Maltese: bijver
Mandarin: hailí / hélí
Navajo: chaa'
Norwegian: bever
Old French: bievre
Polish: bóbr
Portuguese: castor
Potawatomi: mek
Romanian: castor
Romansch: castur
Russian: bobr / bobjór
Sardinian: castorru / castoro
Scottish Gaelic: los-leathann / biobhair / beathadach
Slovakian: bobor
Slovenian: bober
Spanish: castor
Swahili: panyabuku-maji / biva / fondosi
Swedish: bäver
Taos: p’óyona
Turkish: kastor/ kunduz
Ukrainian: bobér
Welsh: afanc / llostlydan
West Frisian: bever


Conservation Status:
Insufficient Data

Species: There are two species of beavers.

Beaver Species Include:

Eurasian Beaver - Castor fiber
North American Beaver - Castor canadensis

Size: Beavers are one of the largest species of rodents, second in size only to the capybara. Beavers are 23-39 inches long, with tails that are 7.75-12 inches long. Beavers weigh approximately 60 lbs. Females are often larger than their male counterparts.

Habitat: Beavers are found in north and central Eurasia, and in North America. Beavers live near rivers, streams, ponds, small lakes, and marshes.

Behavior: Beavers are known for their construction abilities. They build dams on rivers and streams. Beavers construct homes in ponds and waterways. They typically construct homes with a portion underwater and a part above water.

Description: Beavers have webbed feet, and a paddle-shaped tail. A beaver has a coat of fur that is naturally oily and waterproof. Beavers have powerful front teeth.

Diet: Beavers are herbivores. A beaver's diet consists of leaves, bark, twigs, roots, and aquatic plants.

Senses: Beavers have poor eyesight, but an excellent sense of hearing, smell, and touch.

Did You Know?

Beavers can remain underwater for 15 minutes without surfacing.

Gestation: Beavers carry their young for 3 months.

Birth: Beavers give birth to litters of 1-4 kits. A beaver kit's eyes are open when they are born, and they can swim within 24 hours of their birth. Young beavers are weaned at about two weeks. Both male and female beavers care for their young. A young beaver will stay with its parents for the first 2 years of its life.

Sexually Mature: Beavers mate for life. They sexually mature around the age of 3.

Life Span: The average life span of a beaver in the wild is 24 years.

Did You Know?

Beavers have the unique ability to manipulate their environment, their ability is second only to humans.

Social Structure: Beavers live in groups called a colony. A beaver colony has six or more members, consisting of parents, yearlings and kits.

Beaver Gifts




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