Range Map of Beavers
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
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