Hello and welcome! Thursday is blog day, and today we’re going to share some fun facts about beavers with you. Being a tooth-fairy, I of course know other nature fairies, too. You’ve likely read the blog Rose and I wrote a few weeks ago; fun facts about crocodiles. Well, that information was told to us by my cousin who helps crocodiles with their teeth in Africa.
But today we’re exploring one of the cutest mammals ever, in Canada and other parts of Northern America – the busy beaver! This information comes from one of Bianca’s fairy friends. Do you know Bianca? Rose wrote a story about her and her friend, the busy beaver, called Bianca and the Busy Beaver. She wrote the story because she created a series of books called ‘What Are Your Teeth Like?’ which helps children to learn, in a fun way, the differences between our teeth and those of different animals.
But, for now, let’s take a look at some fun facts about beavers.
1 - There are two types of beaver in the world. The one we know in the U.S. is called the North American beaver (Castor Canadensis). But we also find beavers in Europe, known as the European or Eurasian beaver (Castor Fiber).
2 - Beavers are rodents, the second largest in the world. Unlike rats and mice, they prefer to stay away from people.
3 – Beavers are mostly nocturnal, which means they are more active at night than they are in the daytime.
4 – Beavers use their long, strong teeth to gnaw away at tree-trunks to make dams for their dens. See what a tree-trunk looks like once a beaver is done with it – and then see how they push the logs downstream to where they want them to be.
5 – Beavers live in colonies, in waterproof dens under the water. In this way they can stay safe from predators. The dens are more commonly known as ‘lodges’. Inside these lodges there are usually two ‘rooms’. The first is for drying-off, and the second is to be kept dry for them to sleep in.
6 – Beavers cannot see very well but their senses of hearing, smell, and touch are very strong, which makes-up for their poor eyesight. When they think that danger is nearby, they slap hard on the water’s surface with their thick tails to warn the others.
7 – Like frogs and ducks, beavers have webbed feet! While this can make it hard for them to walk or run fast, it instead makes them excellent swimmers.
8 – Beavers are clever in a sense that they can get two jobs done at once! While they’re gnawing away at the wood of tree-trunks to build their dams and lodges, they can also eat the wood, which is what their diet is made-up of mostly.
9 – Beavers can live for as long as twenty-five years, if they are not hurt by a predator. This is quite a long time for such a small animal!
10 – Although we consider them small, fully-grown beavers can grow to be as long as three-feet and as heavy as fifty-five pounds.
Well, we hope you’ve learned a little more about this awesome, dam-building, long-toothed and furry animal known as the beaver. Maybe the next time you see one near your home or around a river or dam you visit, you can tell your parents and friends these facts.
Do you have beavers near you? If you do, we’d love to see some photos! You can post them in the comments below, or send them to us via my page on Rose’s site. We really look forward to hearing from you!
Until next time, stay magical,
Bianca and the Busy Beaver