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Beavers are nocturnal rodents and great swimmers. They live in colonies. A beaver colony consists of 2 to 6 beavers. Beavers build dams in rivers and streams, and build their homes (beaver lodges) in the resulting pond. They build their lodges out of intertangled twigs and sticks, plastered with mud. Beavers are herbivores. These rodents eat leaves, bark, roots, and aquatic plants. Beavers have poor eyesight, but a keen sense of smell, hearing, and touch. Beavers are active all winter.