American Beavers are native to North America and are found in marshes, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and areas around water. They are semi aquatic and semi terrestrial, which means they spend half of their time on land and half in water. Well adapted for life in water, they have clear membranes that cover their eye,s so they can see under water when they are swimming and also special valves in their ears and nose that close to stop water getting in.
Known as North America’s largest rodent, it is generally found in family groups known as colonies, which are made up of the breeding pair, their offspring and the previous years offspring.
American Beavers are herbivores (plant eaters) and their diet consists of shrubs, tress and aquatic plants.
Lifespan – 10-15 years
IUCN Conservation Status – Least Concern