Beaver Fact of the Week: Pregnant Mama Beavers and their Babies

Beaver babies are called kits. And they are so freakin’ cute.

Seriously. Look at its little face. So cute.
Seriously. Look at its little face. So cute.

The gestation period for beavers (which is just how long the mama beavers are pregnant for) is 128 days, which equates to about 4.2 months. Kits are typically born February through June, and there are usually 3-4 kits per litter. However, litters of up to 13 have been recorded. That’s a lot of babies (imagine how huge that mama beaver would have been while pregnant with all those babies…).

Mama beavers take care of their babies, along with the father beavers. Both parents invest a lot of time and effort into seeing their babies survive. Beaver children live at home with mom and pop until they are about 2 years old, at which point they move out and build a lodge of their own. They don’t settle down and have their own babies until they are at least 3 years old, and then the cycle repeats!

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