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Reproduction: Gestation period is 12-13 days from the months of February to July.The young are as small as honeybees when they are born.They can be differentiated by their small ears, long bodies, and the thirteen strips along their backs.Habitat: Because they enjoy burrowing, open areas with short grass and well drained soil are common areas to live.Beavers activity occurs from early evening until early morning. Reproduction: American Beavers reproduce only once per year producing a litter of 3-4.They reach sexual maturity around 1 1/2 years old which means they breed during their second winter.Notes: The American Beaver has adapted to have its ears and nose close when going underwater.
The young become independent after two months, and sexually mature in one year. They have a high tendency to be territorial, and use secretions from their facial and anal glands to designate territorial boundaries.Woodchucks have both positive and negative economic importance for Humans.The positive economic importance for humans is that they have been used in biomedical research to investigate hepatitis B, obesity, energy balance, the endocrine system, reproduction, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and neoplastic disease.They have white-tipped guard hairs giving them a grizzled appearance. They have a short bushy tail that is often black or dark brown. Range: The woodchuck ranges from central Alaska, east through Canada south of the northwest territories; in the eastern United States south to Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas; in the western United States absent from the Great Plains, extending down to northern Idaho. Winter dens are located near protective cover, while summer dens are located near food sources. They feed twice daily during the summer, and mate soon after hibernation.
Habitat: The woodchuck is typically found in farmlands, small woodlots, forests, fields, pastures, and hedgerows. Generally, woodchucks hibernate, however in the southern range, they have been known to remain active throughout the entire year due to a warmer climate.After birth they crawl into the females pouch, where they continue to develop and start to nurse.