Beaver

Beaver

Scientific Name -Castor

Classification – Rodent

Gender Names – Male – male; Female – female;  baby – kitten

Collective Noun – Colony, Family

Average Length –  90cm (33 inches)

Average Weight – 16 – 30 kg (35- 65 pounds)

Top Speed – swimming – 55 km/h (34mph)

Life Expectancy – Up to 24 years

Mating Season – spring

Pregnancy – three months

Special Features –  Beavers build dams across streams to create safe homes for themselves.

Family Unit – Beavers live in family groups of males, females and young. Sometimes several families will share a lodge or live in the same community.

Beaver distribution world mapGeographical Distribution – North America and Eurasia

World Population – Not known

Conservation Status – Near threatened

Natural Habitat – rivers, lakes, with wooded banks

Diet – herbivore – plants

Predators – wolves, humans

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Beaver. Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Mammals/beaver.htm. Last accessedMonday, July 18, 2016

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