Beavers live in homes called lodges, which they build in the middle of
a lake. This is a quiet, safe place away from the beaver's predators,
such as wolves, coyotes, bears, and owls.
a beaver builds its lodge, it needs to make the lake. To do this, the
beaver builds a dam across a river. The dam floods the river and forms
a lake. Beavers make their dams from branches, twigs, mud, and stones.
beaver is now ready to build the lodge. It uses its sharp front teeth
to gnaw down trees, and then it builds
a large room from sticks, rocks, and grass. The beaver covers the walls
with mud to keep the rain from coming in. A beaver enters its lodge through
underwater tunnels. These tunnels keep predators from getting inside the
||Two beavers can gnaw down a small
oak tree in fifteen minutes. A beaver family can cut down three hundred
trees in one winter.
Young beavers, called kits, are born in the spring. Although they can
swim soon after they're born, they stay in the lodge with their mother.
Kits are too small to swim down the entrance tunnels, and this keeps them
from wandering away. When they're six weeks old, the kits are ready
to explore the outside world.