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Beaver

Castor canadensis
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Habitat: Areas that have both freshwater, and woody vegetation.

Description: Dark brown, with lighter under parts. Short legs, webbed back feet, and a large, flat, scaly tail.

Size: 89-120cm long, weighs 8-45kg.

Diet: Bark, cambium, aquatic pond vegetation, some grains and grasses.

Fun Facts: Beavers have lips that form a seal behind their big front teeth, so they can chew while under water, without having mud, water and chips enter their mouths.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola

Habitat: The European Skipper can be found on the wing in June and July.  Becoming an invasive species of butterfly, it can be found in the grasslands of central Alberta spreading about 25 km every year.

Description: The European Skipper can be recognized by its bright orange wings marked by dark wing veins.  The edge of the wings are bordered with black.  The aptly named...

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