Near Carthage in Leake County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Meet the Beaver
Meet the Beaver
A member of the rodent family that has adapted itself to work and live both on land and in the water.
Beavers are large, weighing up to 60 pounds in Mississippi. Squat and with a low center of gravity, they are clumsy on land.
The beaver has many special adaptations for life in the water.
The beaver is a powerful swimmer with his webbed hind feet. His flat tail is a rudder. It also serves as a prop when he sits up, and is often used to “slap” a danger signal.
Chisel-like cutting teeth are strong, sharp, prominent and self-sharpening. Beavers can gnaw under water without difficulty. Their lips seal out the water.
Sense of Smell: Acute
Vision: Supposedly excellent under water; only fair on land.
The beaverís nose and ears contain valves which close when the animal dives and open when its head appears out of water.
Beavers have a natural instinct for keeping busy.
They can fell trees ...
float logs to desired places through canals dug for the purpose ...
build lodges and dens with underwater entrances and tunnels ...
The beaversí service to good conservation practice far outweighs the damage they do.
Beavers usually pair in February and stay mated for life.
Young beavers, called “Kits,” are born in May, completely furred and with eyes open. The average litter is four.
The diet of the beaver, mostly bark, changes with the seasons.
Sweetgum, Pine, Hophombeam.
Willow, Cottonwood, tender green plants.
Acorns, Buttonbush, Willow, Giant cane.
Ash, Elm, miscellaneous plants.
Follow the nature trail to see beaver-cut trees, dams and examples of beaver food supply.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 32° 50.617′ N, 89° 40.235′ W. Marker is near Carthage, Mississippi, in Leake County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 145.1), 1.2 miles south of Mississippi Highway 429, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Dog Road (approx. 5.1 miles away); Robinson Road (approx. 9.4 miles away); Southern Pines (approx. 15.7 miles away); Choctaw Boundary (approx. 15.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Natchez Trace Parkway. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 21, 2015.)
Categories. • Animals • Environment •
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