Thursday, December 18, 2008

Beaver chewing to wear down the front teeth

The beaver really isn't trying to fall this tree, but it's a perfect tree for the beavers to chew on to wear down the front teeth that continually grow. If they can't wear them down the teeth will grow almost together and when that happens they aren't able to open their mouth wide enough to eat. You can tell by the small chips around the tree that it's hard wood and makes a perfect tree for wearing down the teeth.

Most their food supply around this pond is Cottonwood but is very soft and doesn't cause the wearing that's needed, so that's where the maple helps. I'm interested to find out how many different beaver chew on the maple.


At 4:28 PM, Blogger Camera Trap Codger said...

Such neat animals. Great picture, too. Too bad there's so much brush that you can't move the cam for a lateral shot showing his chops at work.

At 7:35 PM, Blogger cliff said...

I'm working on a rod to hold the camera and will place one at a better angle, I sure would like a picture showing it chomping. I have lots of beaver teeth and can almost tell their age by how long and the curl of the tooth.

I'm still amazed at the engineering ability and speed of building a dam.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger OregonWild said...

I've been trying to get this shot forever. Nice work Cliff.

Michael Durham


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