Range Map of Beavers

Baby Beaver

Quick Facts

Type: Mammal
Diet: Herbivore
Average life span in the wild: Up to 24 years
Size: Head and body, 23 to 39 in; tail, 7.75 to 12 in
Weight: 60 lbs
Group name: Colony

Beaver Tracks

American Beaver

Did you know?

Beavers are second only to humans in their ability to manipulate and change their environment.


    • weigh anywhere between 30-60 lbs. and are 2-3 feet long, not including their tail


    • are one of the largest rodents


    • front teeth never stop growing. They keep them from getting too long by their constant labor of chewing and gnawing.


    • possess a set of transparent eyelids which enable them to see under water


    • are experts in building dams, to create a safe and comfortable habitat for themselves.


    • dams help slow down erosion.


    • have been known to share their lodges with families of muskrats!


    • live in colonies made up of a family of an adult male and female and 2-4 kits


    • are nocturnal creatures and they work at night


    • are monogamous


    • have poor sight but a strong sense of smell and good hearing


    • move slow on land but are good swimmers and can swim up to 5 mph


  • can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes

Beaver Lodges

beaver lodge explained