5 cm) WEIGHT : 60 lbs (27 kg) GROUP NAME : Colony RELATIVE : Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man . BEAVER TYPE : Mammal DIET : Herbivore SIZE : Head and body (23 to 39 in (60 to 100 cm) Tail (7.75 to 12 in (20 to 30.

The beavers constant gnawing on wood helps to keep their teeth from growing too long  There are two species of beaver : the North American beaver and the Europeon beaver. The beavers mainly a nocturnal animal  The large front teeth of the beaver never stop growing. and in turn attracts bird life. Although very similar in appearance and behavior . the two species are not genetically compatible  The work of beaver make them a keystone species in maintaining habitats that are relied on by many others. beavers create standing dead wood ( by drowning some trees) which is inhabited by insects. . As well as wetland.

dryer den where the family will live and socialise  Beavers have been known to share their lodges with family of muskrats  Beavers are herbivores. one for drying off after entering the lodge under water. willow. maple. and a second. They like to eat the wood of trees such as the cottonwood. Beaver are good house guests. Their lodges typically contain two dens. . cherry and also eat pondweed and water lilies.

Females are as large or larger than males of the same age  Beaver can live up to 24 years in the wild  The beaver is the national animal of Canada. and features on the Canadian five-cent piece  Beavers like to keep themselves busy. Hence the saying “ as busy as a beaver”. they are prolific builders during the night. . Adult beaver are around 3 feet long and have been known to weigh over 25 kg (55lb).