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What You Must Know About Beavers

Beavers are mostly nocturnal, semi-aquatic rodents with stocky body dense with fur. They also have blunt head with black eyes and ears on the either side as well as flat, broad scaly black tail with large webbed feet. After capybara, Louisiana Beavers are the second-largest rodents in the world with average size of about 30-51 inches of length adding the 8-12 inches of tail. There are two existing species of these large rodents and they are Castro Canadensis which is native to North America and Castor fiber known as Eurasian beavers. More so, Baton Rouge beavers are popular for building canals, dams and even lodges as their home. Colony of beavers normally builds single or multiple dams so as to provide deep still water to protect themselves against their predators.

Beavers are among the territorial animals and they normally mark their territories with piles of mud or a castor piles. Also Louisiana beavers normally secret scented substance known as castor which helps them to identify their territory after going foraging. The reproductive age of beavers is about 1.5 years and they are among the viviparous animals which mean that they do give birth to their young ones alive and do not lay egg. A female Baton Rouge beaver normally give birth to 3-4 young ones at a time.

Lifecycle of Beavers
Just like other rodents, Baton Rouge beavers normally give birth to their young once alive. Within 1.5 years beavers start to reproduce. The mating period of beavers normally start in the late December and the gestation period normally last for about 128 days. After mating late December a female beaver will give to birth between the months of March to June yearly. The average lifespan of beaver is about 10 years while in wild but will be more than that when in bondage.

Beavers Habitat
Due to the exceptional ability of Louisiana beavers to manipulate and landscape and build a suitable habitat, they can thrive in different kinds of environments. More so, beavers can make their habitat in ponds, rivers, marshes, wetlands and even on irrigation ditches and even wells. Immediately, beavers select the habitat where they want to dominate, they will create intricate dams, canals and lodges so as to change the territory to suite their ecosystem.

For up to 12 hours each night, beavers normally concentrate in building and maintaining their habitat so as to suit them better. This is the reason why they are known to be primarily nocturnal in nature. In the cold of the winter, Baton Rouge beavers tend to be in active though they do not hibernate like other animals.

Beavers strictly feed on vegetables with special preference on particular varieties of woody plants and trees. They also feed on twigs, leaves Cambium or inner bark of trees. The most like trees are different kinds of delicious trees and poplar. More so, Louisiana beavers do feed on aquatic plants, shrubs, herbaceous, roots and crops.

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