The Beaver’s Social Behavior (Questions Answered)

There are no peace-loving, diligent, and hard-working animal wildlife species in North America quite like the beaver. The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) is known to be very social, at least among their kin. Beavers practice a highly organized social structure. Their manners of social interaction and behaviors are great topics for discussion. What are …

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American Beavers and Their Sense Of Smell (Questions & Answers)

The North American beaver’s (Castor Canadensis) sense of smell is very important to the animal. Along with its excellent sense of hearing, non-stop sniffing helps the beaver survive in the wild. A lot of the beaver’s unique characteristics and behavior can be traced to the rodent’s amazing utilization of its olfactory organs. What makes the …

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Beavers And Their Sleeping Behavior

Beavers are the construction workers of the animal world. They spend most waking hours building dams and lodges in ponds and rivers. But unlike humans, they don’t use tools to make their tasks easier. That sounds like hard work, right?  And this is why you might wonder: As hard workers, how much do beavers actually …

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How Do Beavers Fight (And Protect Themselves And Their Young?)

Beavers’ oversized front teeth, bead-like eyes, flat tails, and fluffy bodies make them seem like cuddly and approachable animals in the wild. Despite their cute appearance, beavers can be incredibly aggressive in defending their territory, especially when they feel threatened. Beavers have a couple of built-in defenses that help them prevent trespassers from entering their …

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How Beavers Live in The Winter (Questions Answered)

Besides being the largest rodent in North America, the beaver is very important to the forest and waterways they live in. They can change the entire landscape of their surroundings by building dams, flooding forests, and creating wetlands. Beavers are among the few animals capable of changing their own environment to meet their needs. Fortunately, …

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Beavers’ Hands and Feet (All You Need To Know)

There are many different things that are easy to recognize about a beaver, but perhaps their paws are not the first that you would think of. As highly specialized animals, perfectly adapted to thrive in the waterways of North America and Eurasia, beavers use their paws for a variety of purposes. This article will go …

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Are Beavers Going Extinct? (How’s The Species Doing?)

There are two species of beaver alive today, the North American beaver (Castor canadensis, commonly known as the American Beaver) and the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). Neither of them is threatened or at risk of becoming extinct. Further, not only are they not going extinct, but both species are thriving in their habitats in northern …

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The Beaver’s Fur and How It Grooms It

One of the most recognizable creatures in North America, the beaver has quite a distinctive coat that is famous all over the world. Its fur is specially adapted to allow it to stay warm and keep off the water as it swims, but it also has historically been quite a prize for hunters and traders. …

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Beavers and Swimming (The Perfect Water Rodent)

One of North America’s most iconic mammals, the North American beaver (a slightly different species than the Eurasian beaver) is famously a semi-aquatic large rodent that spends a significant amount of its time in and around the water. These beautiful animals have a close and fascinating relationship with the waterways that they call home. The …

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Beavers And Running: What You Need To Know

Beavers are mostly associated with the water, and with good reason. Even though beavers are a type of mammal, their bodies are not well suited for the land or running. In fact, seeing a beaver run is quite a funny sight since they more waddle than run. Because of their webbed feet, round bodies, and …

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Do Beavers Climb or Jump?

Beavers are rodents and rodents are typically good climbers. Mice and groundhogs are very skilled when it comes to climbing trees, walls, and fences. However, beavers are a completely different story. While beavers a capable of doing a lot, climbing and jumping are not on that list. Do you find yourself wondering if beavers climb …

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Beavers Digging

A lot of people are fascinated by beavers because they are one of only a few animals that are capable of modifying their habitat. If you have ever seen beavers digging, you may have wondered what they were doing.  Beavers are actually very good diggers, and there are several reasons why these critters dig. On …

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Beavers and Their Hearing (Your Questions Answered)

Beavers have an amazing sense of hearing and can hear sounds coming from over a mile away. Their tiny ears can pick up minute noises with great amplification. This is especially true underwater, where sound projects to a precise degree. In fact, when they go underwater, a flap or valve activates to protect the ears …

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Sounds That Beavers Make (And What They Mean)

Beavers are naturally communicative animals, using a variety of vocalizations or other noises to communicate with each other, and other animals in their environments. The trick is figuring out what all their noises mean. Beavers can make a variety of whistling, clicking, or crying sounds to communicate. On occasion, they will also make a loud …

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The Beaver’s Eyes and Vision (Your Questions Answered)

Of all of earth’s amazing creatures, beavers are one of the more curious. They are avid, hard workers that serve a delicate purpose in the ecosystem. Constantly building their dams and diverting water routes to food, one would think they also have excellent eyes and vision. But, contrary to what some may think, beavers have …

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What Do Beavers Eat? (Your Questions Answered)

Beavers are known as the symbolic animal of Canada, but these adorable critters can be found in other regions of North and South America, as well as parts of Europe and Asia. Beavers are also incredible swimmers, though they are pretty docile while on land. Beavers are known to be able to create elaborate dams …

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Beavers: Mating, Reproduction, Babies, and More

You can find beavers all across the United States and Europe, but you may not know a whole lot about their mating (and dating) life. Beavers form monogamous pairs and they mate for life. Their busy beaver babies are born in the spring and stay at home for 2 years, learning and growing. Beavers are …

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Beaver Teeth: Their Color, Strength, Sharpness, And More!

Beavers have very sharp teeth, which they use primarily for cutting and chewing wood. These teeth are self-sharpening, which is convenient for the beaver. The beaver’s teeth will grow throughout their whole lives.  Beavers chew on wood and sharp objects to stop their teeth from growing too large and prevent them from growing too far …

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