The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) is one of two extant beaver species, along with the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). It is native to North America and introduced in South America (Patagonia) and Europe (primarily Finland and Karelia). In the United States and Canada, the species is often referred to simply as "beaver", though this causes some confusion because another distantly related rodent, Aplodontia rufa, is often called the "mountain beaver". Other vernacular names, including American beaver and Canadian beaver, distinguish this species from the other extant beaver species, Castor fiber, which is native to Eurasia. The North American beaver is one of the official national wildlife of Canada symbols and is the official state mammal of Oregon and New York.
North America and Canada. Their habitat consists of somewhere near water, and they will construct dams out of sticks and mud.
They are herbivores, meaning that they only eat plants. Their main diet consists of tree bark and vegetation.
Approximately 10-15 years.
LEAST CONCERN on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
North American Beavers are the 2nd largest rodent in the world (after the Capybara).