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Castor canadensis


A brown, large, semi-aquatic mammal. It has a scaly tail, and its back feet are webbed. They are good divers, and have strong front teeth -- all the better for chewing down trees, both for food and shelter.


There are two species of beaver -- one lives in North America, and the other in Eurasia (this guy being the former). They are found near rivers & lakes -- and this one was spotted on Humber River in Toronto.


Beavers are generally nocturnal -- so it's easier to spot 'signs' of them, like their dams or trees that have been chewed at from the bottom.

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alina 8 years ago

Thank you Sarah & Carol!

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 8 years ago

So adorable! Great find!

SarahWhitt 8 years ago

Execellent spotting, Alina!! :)

alina 8 years ago

thank you thank you. i always think of them as a very "canadian" animal. they're even on our 5 cent coin.

KarenL 8 years ago

Lovely portrait!

doreen.chambers.14 8 years ago

Love the beavers!

alina 8 years ago

thank you alice! i really enjoyed observing this guy -- diving, munching away. he was quite a sight.

alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Wonderful series!

alina 8 years ago

hmm... it was actually just some dry grass and sticks, and lots of snow.. i don't think it was a dam to be honest. but thank you for the suggestion ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

If that's it's dam behind it, please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

alina 8 years ago

thank you tom! it was poking around in the bushes and dropped a whole bunch of snow on itself -- and then shook it off, similar to a dog, as can be seen in the next photo.. ))

Tom15 8 years ago

Nice series! I like the one with snow on its nose.

alina 8 years ago

thank you, luis!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Beautiful series Alina!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Feb 11, 2013
Submitted on Feb 11, 2013

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