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The beaver's (Castor canadensis) head barely breaks the surface of the water as it carries a mouth full of fresh branches to it's lodge or home. The lodge is made from mud and logs and typically has one entrance that is submerged to prevent land dwelling predators from entering. Beavers are well adapted to their watery environment, with waterproof fur, webbed back feet, a flat paddle-like tail, and special eyelids and lips to allow the beaver to see and gnaw wood under water. Beavers can reach three to four feet long (0.9 to 1.2 m) and weigh over 60 pounds (27.2 kg). Despite heavy trapping for their pelts in the 19th and early 20th centuries, beavers have staged a strong comeback in North America.

Beaver (Alaska, USA) by Dorothy S. Long
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