The beaver is a mammal belonging to the beaver family.

There are 4 species of beavers – 2 modern ones: European and Canadian (North American) beavers and extinct ones: castor californicus and veterior.

Beaver interesting facts

1. Beavers are the second largest rodents in the world. Only capybaras are bigger.

2. The front paws of a beaver resemble human hands.

3. The largest beaver dam has been discovered in the Buffalo Forest National Park in Canada. It is over 850 meters long and is constantly growing. It is estimated that its construction has been going on for over 50 years.

4. There are 10,000 to even 23,000 hairs per 1 cm2 of beaver skin.

5. The length of beaver incisors reaches 12 cm. They resemble chisels.

6. The tail of a beaver is called a trowel or a splash. In the old days it was considered a delicacy.

7. Beaver fat was used to dress wounds.

8. A beaver can easily cut a tree with a diameter of 70 cm.

9. Beavers give off goo that smells like vanilla.

10. The front teeth of the beavers are orange. They are much stronger than the white back teeth.

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Beaver questions and answers

Where are the beavers?

In Europe, Asia and North America.

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How long are the beavers?

The body length of an adult beaver is 80-90 cm, the length of the tail is 20-30 cm.

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How much do beavers weigh?

Adult beavers weigh from 15 to even 40 kg. About 20 kg on average.

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What do beavers eat?

Beavers are herbivores. They eat tree bark, water plants, grass, shrubs.

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Why do beavers build dams?

There are many reasons. The main one is to raise the water level in the area where they have their burrows. This increases their safety level and prevents water from freezing in winter.

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How fast can a beaver knock down a tree?

Felling a tree several centimeters thick takes one night.

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How many teeth do beavers have?


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Why do beavers “cut” trees?

In order to obtain materials for the construction of dams. A fallen tree is first stripped of its branches and then “gnawed” into smaller parts.

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How many beavers live?

Beavers live up to 30 years.

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