Quiz #93: Mammal

Test your knowledge of Beavers with today's quiz. Which of the following statements about Castor canadensis (American Beaver) is not true?

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A. They are large rodents and can weigh more than 50 lbs.

B. They live in most of the US -- from Alaska to Maine to Texas and California.

C. With the exception of mating, which takes place in winter, they are solitary creatures.

D. They are active year-round and subsist largely on aquatic vegetation and the inner bark, twigs and leaves of trees.

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The untrue statement is... C.  Beavers typically live in extended family groups, consisting of a mated pair, the previous year's offspring, and newborn offspring (usually born in May or June).  Young Beavers who disperse from their families may be on their own temporarily.

Quiz content was informed by the Peterson Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals (2011) by Mark Elbroch and Kurt Rinehart and the Peterson Guide to Mammals of North America (2006) by Fiona Reid.

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