interesting beaver facts
October 12, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids
Beavers grow three to four feet long and weigh between forty and sixty pounds.
The lifespan of a beaver is approximately sixteen years.
The beaver will slap his tail hard on the water surface to warn his family of danger; a beaver’s slap can be heard for up to 1/2 mile.
A beaver takes only one mate, which it keeps for life.
Beavers flood roads, cut down trees, plug road culverts, and can even cause dangerous flash flooding when one of their dams break.
Beavers are herbivores and prefer to eat leaves, bark, twigs, roots, and aquatic plants.
A beaver can remain submerged in the water for up to 15 minutes.
They have two orange, prominent upper teeth, and two lower.
Beavers are capable of standing on their hind legs on land. They carry mud, logs, and rocks to their homes
Beavers have orange teeth!
Beavers use their front teeth (two on the top and two on the bottom) to gnaw through bark, branches, and tree trunks. These teeth have an extremely tough orange coating that protects them from being broken or chipped while cutting wood.
Beavers’ strong teeth make them efficient wood cutters; it takes them only 30 seconds to gnaw through a branch the size of a rolling pin.