Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54415

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Castoridae
Genus:Castor
Genus species:Castor fiber

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:73-130 cm
Height:30-60 cm
Weight:11-30 kg
Identification:Although normally reddish-brown, the coat color of the European beaver can range from yellowish-brown to black. Its tail is flat and scaly and the hind feet are webbed.
Habitat:Wooded banks of rivers and lakes
Diet:Herbivore: varying types of vegetation, bark, twigs
Reproduction:Female beavers mate with one male for life, while males will mate with multiple females. Litters of up to eight young are born in the spring after a gestation period of 105 days. European beavers can live as long as 15 years.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The European beaver is the largest rodent found in Europe. Many scientists believe that it is the same species as the American beaver.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Europe
Southern Asia
Date:1974-07 Subjects:European beaver
rodent
Eurasian beaver
Beavers
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Aquatic mammals
Aquatic animals