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Kit & Yearling

e-kit-and-yearling-20160919_0943For size comparison, here is one more photo of a beaver kit (left) and a yearling (right), who is about 2/3’s the size of a full grown adult.

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9 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    The kit’s tail looks like a muskrat’s, and the ears are placed very high on the head. Is that a trick of the light?

    September 20, 2016 at 8:31 am

    • aprazar

      My thoughts exactly. Tail and proportion of body out of the water would seem to indicate a muskrat on the left.

      September 20, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      • See my answer to Kathie. I agree the photo makes it looks just like a muskrat, but I can assure you it’s not!

        September 21, 2016 at 7:42 am

    • Hi Kathie,
      Sorry not to get back to you sooner. Lost internet for 24 hours. I, too, thought the photos made the tail look like it was vertical, like a muskrat’s, but it was just how the camera happened to capture it. Young beavers, with their more pointed heads, etc. do look a lot like muskrats, but this most definitely is a beaver! 🙂

      September 21, 2016 at 7:33 am

  2. Elle

    That tail doesn’t look beaverish. Is that normal for a young beaver? And if so, when does the tail flatten out?

    September 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    • I agree, it looks a great deal like a muskrat but it isn’t. Young beavers have more pointed heads, and the tail looking like it’s vertical is a fluke of the camera. It really is a young beaver!

      September 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

  3. Sara Demont

    Great comparison. So enjoyed our visit yesterday. I always learn so much from you! Sara

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    September 20, 2016 at 10:40 am

  4. mariagianferrari

    Great photo!!

    September 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

  5. Thanks for adding the helpful extra photo for size comparison…. We had a muskrat visit our shoreline on occasion, earlier this summer. At first we thought it was a beaver, but after careful observation could see the tail was different … very fun to watch though, as it swam back and forth, carrying fresh cut vegetation. But have not seen it in awhile…

    September 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm

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