to a unique respiratory system, the beaver is able to remain
underwater for periods of up to 20-minutes at a time. The
tail of the beaver is unusually broad and covered in scales.
The beaver uses his tail like a rudder to maneuver through
water. It is also used as a communication tool. It is common
for the beaver to slap water with his tail to warn others
of impending danger. Beavers exist on a diet of bark, twigs
and buds of trees.
During spring and summer months, beavers also consume corn
and other crops, including water plants. As Autumn nears,
the beaver begins to harvest trees, shrubs and some greens,
storing food for the winter inside their den. Natural enemies
of the beaver include bears, wolves, fishers, otters and
the lynx. The average lifespan of the beaver is 12-20 years.