Feeding Habits: Beavers primarily eat tree bark and softer tissue beneath the bark called cambium. They also eat leaves and aquatic plants. In the winter they store branches on the bottom of the river or pond, which keeps them fresh.
Unique Features: Beavers are the largest rodents in North America and average 40 pounds and 3 feet in length. Beaver dams can create wetlands, which are important for habitats of many other species, especially anadromous fish, and improves water quality. The enamel on beaver’s teeth contains iron, which makes them super strong, and is also why their teeth are orange instead of white.
Cultural Significance: The Salish word for beaver is šqǝláw̓. There are many legends within the Colville Tribe that feature Beaver.