Sunday, May 29, 2016

Texas beaver

The Texas beaver (Castor Canadensis Texensis) is a subspecies of the North American beaver native to Texas as well as in Oklahoma. Unlike its Northern relatives, the Texas beaver usually can move about during most of the winter season. It is one of the 15 subspecies of the N. American beaver along with the Canadian, Newfoundland, Carolina, Pacific, California golden, Washington, Sonora, Missouri river, and other subspecies. Beavers maybe found in every US state (except Hawaii), even Wisconsin. The beaver and the horse are the national animals of Canada. N. American beavers have been introduced to Scandinavia and Patagonia. Eurasian beavers (Castor Fiber) may have been introduced to the Japanese island of Shikoku as an effort to enrich the fauna or to live alongside with the otters living there. Beavers can hold their breath underwater for up to 15 minutes and are the largest rodents in North America. North American beavers are slightly larger than the Eurasian beaver. Eurasian beavers have been reintroduced to Scotland, Mongolia, China, Italy, Portugal, The Balkans, and The Middle East to restore balance. Beavers' only natural predators to penetrate the lodge are otters, both beavers and otters can swim but otters can swim up into the lodge to slaughter the pups. We often think of beavers as Northern animals but it turns out they live in the Southern part such as the Gulf States and Northern Mexico. The largest rodent living today is the capybara. When my dad was driving to work, he saw a tree cut down but it wasn't axed or something, it was gnawed and my grandfather trapped a beaver and made a pelt from the beaver. Wolves used to live in Texas and are now extinct there except coyotes. Coyotes live everywhere throughout the US. Beavers and wolves are keystone species to the forest and without them, the ecosystem would be out of balance. There is a Beaver island in Lake Michigan.

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