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Missouri Beaver

Castor canadensis missouriensis

Subspecies of American Beaver



First Noted by Expedition
July 3, 1804, Iatan, Platte County, Missouri; most abundantly mentioned in Three Forks, Montana.
 

Description
A very large, bulky rodent, with rounded head and small, rounded ears. Dark brown fur is fine and soft. Scaly tail large, black, horizontally flattened, and paddle-shaped. Length: 34 ft (0.91.2 m); tail: 11.817.5 in (3044 cm). Weight: usually 4460 lb (2027 kg), but sometimes up to 86 lb (39 kg).
 

Habitat
Rivers, streams, marshes, lakes, and ponds.
 

Range
Most of Canada and U.S., except for most of Florida, much of Nevada, and southern California.
 

Note
Well adapted to its highly aquatic life, the beaver swims, using its webbed hind feet, at speeds up to 6 mph (10 km/h).

Species information from enature.com
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