The beaver is the largest rodent in North America and an adult weighs from 16 to 32 kilograms and, including its 30- centimetre tail. A large beaver may measure 1.3 metres long. Found throughout Canada, it shifts from a woody to a herbaceous diet as new growth appears in the spring. During summer, a beaver will eat grasses, herbs, leaves of woody plants, fruits, and aquatic plants. Historically, Mi’kmaq people trapped beavers for their valuable fur to make a livelihood.

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Beavers are the second-largest rodent in the world after the capybara.