Have you ever wondered how a beaver can gnaw on wood under the water without getting water in its mouth? It can close its mouth with furry cheek flaps behind its front teeth. In fact, a beaver’s lips are so constructed that it can close its mouth completely with its teeth still sticking out.
A beaver can close its nose and ears, too.
By the way, beavers’ teeth are orange.
Beavers have built dams out of cornstalks.
Beavers don’t stop growing until they die.
By early spring a beaver’s tail is only half as big as it was in early autumn. That’s where it stores the fat it collects in the summer to survive the winter.
A beaver, grawing down a tree, stops every so often to spit out the chips.
Some say that the single most complex instinct in the animal world is the building of dams by beavers.
When a baby beaver reaches age 2, the parent beavers kick it out.
Beavers mate for life. They devote almost all their time to fixing up their home. And the female beaver is the boss.
The beaver gulps air before it dives. Underwater, it gets about half a mile to the gulp.
Young beaver grooming
Beaver in the water
Beaver’s orange teeth
This beaver’s work is almost done
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