Beaver | Appalachian Cove (S.C.)

    • Castor canadiensis

    • Largest rodent in North America

    • Chiefly nocturnal

    • Rich, brown, waterproof fur

    • Huge front teeth

    • Large webbed hind feet and powerful hind legs

    • Naked, scaly, paddle-shaped, flat tail

    • Fat layer minimizes heat loss in cold water

    • Transparent eyelids protect eyes

    • Weighs an average of 30 to 60 pounds

    • Lives along streams and lakes

    • Feeds on bark and new tree shoots

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