Aplodontiidae – Mountain beaver

Do you know the mountain beavers? You have just never had the time to talk about them. So, now is the time!

Commonly known as boomers or mountain beavers, this family’s members look like overgrown hamsters. Despite their name, no, they are not beavers that live in the mountains. They do not even look like or are related to beavers. So why the name? Sadly, no buddy knows! Instead of constructing dams, mountain beavers make and use tunnel systems to get about their forest habitats.

Mountain beavers are herbivores and eat a range of plants. They live in small colonies, occupying areas with plentiful green vegetation and cover. These colonies may, in fact, be concentrations due to limited appropriate habitat.