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Beaver

posted: 04/29/14
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Beaver
BRM1949/Veer

Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Beaver!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Lakes, ponds and streams in various parts of North America

What I Like to Eat: Bark and leaves of trees

Betcha Didn't Know: We use our powerful teeth and jaws to take down sapling, small trees and in some cases even large trees. We make use of these materials to construct elaborate dams or lodges equipped with underwater entrances that even local builders would be in awe of.

My Bad Reputation: We are good about making our presence known. When you see water backed up behind a dam made of sticks and mud, you know we were or are somewhere in the vicinity. Beaver-made dams force the water in the area to rise, which is why many people view us as pests and even nuisances.

How We Survive: We have mastered the art of storing food for long harsh winters in the northern environments where some of us live. We store food in our lodges and huddle together to keep warm. We also store fat in our tails and conserve energy by being as inactive as possible during the cold months.

Breeding Times: Our young are called kits and are typically born in the months between April and June. Breeding takes place during the months of January and February. The females carry the fetuses for about 106 days before giving birth. From breeding to birth, it's important for us to have enough food stored for survival and reproduction.

My Favorite Body Part: Our tail. It acts like a rudder as we swim moving from side to side and up and down. It also acts as our "fifth leg" keeping us from falling over backwards as we walk on my hind legs. Finally, our tails serve as a warning device to others when we slap it against the water.

Whom We Fear: Our main natural predator is the wolf. However, humans (particularly fur-trappers) are the number one species - outside of our natural predator - most responsible for our deaths.

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