Canadian Beaver Claw Replica

$10.00

Canadian Beavers or Castor canadensis are herbivorous generalists with sophisticated foraging preferences. Beavers consume a mix of herbaceous and woody plants.

Description

Canadian Beaver Claw Replica measures .9 inches. Canadian Beaver Claw Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Our precise claw can be used as a teaching tool, museum claw exhibit, home décor claw, or office décor claw.

A herbivorous mammal weighing 16 to 35 kg and measuring up to 1.3 m from snout to paddled tail, the Canadian beaver or Castor canadensis is Canada’s largest rodent and the second-largest rodent in the world.

It is primarily nocturnal and lives a semi-aquatic life. Large, webbed hind feet are powerful paddles for swimming.

The Canadian beaver or Castor canadensis eyes are small and have transparent membranes, which can be drawn across the eyeball, so the beaver can see while under water. The Canadian Beaver has nostrils and ear openings have valves that can be closed at submersion.

The fur consists of long, coarse outer hairs and short, fine inner hairs.  The fur has a range of colors, but usually is dark brown. Scent glands near the genitals secrete an oily substance known as castoreum, which the beaver uses to waterproof its fur. There is also another set of oil glands producing unique chemical identifiers in the form of waxy esters and fatty acids.

Canadian Beavers or Castor canadensis are herbivorous generalists with sophisticated foraging preferences. Beavers consume a mix of herbaceous and woody plants, which varies considerably in both composition and species diversity by region and season.

They prefer aspen and poplar, but also take birch, maple, willow, alder, black cherry, red oak, beech, ash, hornbeam, and occasionally pine and spruce.

They also eat cattails, water lilies, and other aquatic vegetation. Willow is an important protein source and is likely to be available for the longest period of time in a Canadian beaver or Castor canadensis habitat especially in the far north.

When available, aspen and poplar are preferred over willow. Conifers are also cut or gnawed by beavers, and used for food and or building material.

The Canadian beaver or Castor canadensis possesses continuously growing incisors, and is a hind gut fermenter whose cecum, populated by symbiotic bacteria, helps to digest plant-based material.

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Additional information

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions .9 in
Canadian Beaver Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Castoridae
Genus: Castor
Species: C. canadensis
Binomial name: Castor canadensis
Conservation status: Least concern

International Beaver Day - April 7th

International Beaver Day aims to celebrated on April 7th to raise awareness of the plight of the rodent. The beaver may be the national animal of Canada but the furry dam-building rodent can be found across the North American continent and Eurasia as two distinct species, but the population has been on the decline for several decades now. So now is the time to get ready and enjoy the observance of this fun day!