American Beaver

Largest Rodent


U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, Missouri

The average adult beaver weighs between 35 and 40 pounds; the largest can weigh more than 60 pounds and be 3 feet tall when standing on its hind legs.  Though their long front length teeth look menacing, beavers are peaceful creatures.

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Image courtesy of Ed Hunt, GVCC.  Photo taken in the wild on 9/27/11 at a beaver pond on the southern edge of Estes Park, Colorado. We were there volunteering at The YMCA of the Rockies. It was a pleasant evening and we just had to wait a little bit for the right shot. The pond was alongside a residential road and rather easy to access.

Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives Stamp Series@2005 United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

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Image courtesy of Holly Chorba, GVCC.  Beaver Den shot August 2, 2013 at Chaumont Pond, Adirondack Park. One of my favorite summer activities is to get out on the water in a kayak or canoe and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the remote areas of New York’s “North Country”.