Taiga Animals

Eurasian Beaver
Eurasian Beaver
Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Plants
Order: Rodentia: Rodents
Size: 73 cm - 1.3 m (28 3/4 in - 4 1/4 ft), tail: 21 - 30 cm (8 1/4 - 11 3/4 in)
Family: Castoridae: Beavers Conservation Status: Near threatened
Scientific Name: Castor fiber Habitat: rivers, lakes, with wooded banks
Range: Now only in parts of Scandinavia, Poland, France, Southern Germany, Austria and Russia

Size of Eurasian BeaverThe largest European rodent, the Eurasian beaver has the same habits and much the same appearance as the American beaver, and they are considered by some experts to be only one species. Like its American counterpart, this beaver builds complex dams and lodges but, where conditions are right, may simply dig a burrow in the riverbank which it enters underwater. It feeds on bark and twigs in the winter and on all kinds of vegetation in summer.  Beavers are monogamous animals, and females are believed to mate for life: the male may mate with females other than his partner. Pairs produce litters of up to 8, usually 2 to 4, young in the spring.

Range of Eurasian Beaver
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