I am the largest rodent in Europe. I measure about 1.35 m from head to taill and weigh 20 kilos on average. My flat tail, nocturnal activity and ability to swim underwater differentiate me from the coypu (Myocastor coypus).
I eat bark, aquatic plants and young shoots depending on the season. Clues of beaver activity on the river banks include gnawed trees.
I am monogamous and the females of my species give birth on average to one to three kits a year.
Did you know?
I live in a burrow or natural shelter in the bank, furnished with a pile of branches. I only build dams very occasionally which are always smaller than those built by my North American cousins.
Where and when can you find me in the reserve?
I am a semi-aquatic animal. I only come onto land to look for food or branches to build my den.
When to spot me
I am mainly active at night.
- Red list of continental mammals in metropolitan France: Least Concern (LC).
- Red list of endangered mammals in Alsace: Vulnerable (VU).
- Protected in France.