A beaver in Denali National Park, USA by Kent Miller

Where are they found?

Beavers are found in Europe, Asia, and North America.

What do they eat?

Beavers are herbivores, meaning they only eat plants. They eat things such as aquatic plants, leaves, and barks.

How do they act?

Beavers are known for building dams in waterways using logs, mud, and branches. This stops the flow of water in streams so that large ponds of still water form–the ideal environment for beavers. They also build lodges of mud and sticks that sit in the middle of their ponds and can only be accessed by swimming through the water. If a lake/lakes are already available so they don’t need to make dams, they burrow into the banks. Beavers are unique in their ability to manipulate their environment to their liking, much like humans do.

Are they endangered?

Beavers are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Mammal Moment

In addition to normal eyelids, beavers are equip with a pair of transparent eyelids that allow them to see underwater! They can hold their breath underwater for 15 minutes!


Have you ever seen a beaver lodge? 


A beaver lodge by Eric Kilby


Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/b/beaver/