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Young Beavers Out and About

8-5-14 adult and young beaver2 082Most beavers are born between May and early July, weighing one pound and measuring a foot long. They are fully furred, their eyes and ears are open and they know how to swim. Even so, they don’t usually venture out of the lodge for the first month or so. Initially their fur isn’t water-repellent, but by three to four weeks of age, the young beavers’ anal glands, used in greasing their fur, are functional. When the kits weigh seven or eight pounds, they start to leave the lodge regularly to explore their pond and feed with their parents and older siblings.

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4 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    Mary, how long do young beavers stay with their family?

    August 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    • Two years, Kathie. They leave (either booted out by parents or of their own accord, no-one is sure which) just before the mother gives birth in May or June.

      August 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      • Are you saying the female only breeds every two years? I thought rodents bred like well, rabbits!

        August 6, 2014 at 3:11 am

  2. No, they breed every year, but keep their offspring with them for two years, so parents and two years’ worth of young inhabit a lodge.

    August 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

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