The Mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa) is the most primitive known living rodent species. It is a semi-fossorial secretive species in it’s own family and thought to be ancestral to squirrels. I’ve been interested in the species for a long time now and put together a journal of sorts on it.
Direct observation of the mountain beaver is uncommon but here’s a recent video clip from the “Camera Trap Codger” that gives a view into the life of this unique species.
Ever wonder what a mountain beaver does outside of its burrow?
I guess I'm not surprised.
Well, have a look anyway.
Here's some footage of a mother and her offspring taken during last summer's Camera Trapping Workshop in the northern Sierra Nevada.
There's not much to say.
Mountain beavers are just like big pocket gophers when it comes to moving earth.
Nov 23, 2014 3:05 AM