A Is For Aplodontia
that's just a fancy word for "forest rodent"
The Aplodontia is a nocturnal rodent which lives in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. They aren't the sort of animal you'll find in your backyard, unless you live in a very mountainous area, and then you might become all too familiar with them as they can be pests who are responsible for a lot of damage to backyard trees.
All About Aplodontia
Aplodontia is also known as the "Mountain Beaver." However, this rodent is not actually related to beavers at all. It lives in the Pacific Northwest portion of North America and makes its home in forests that tend to stay wet but don't get too cold or snowy in winter.
Besides being called Mountain Beavers, Aplodontia is also called sewellel, boomer and giant mole.
Mountain beavers live in underground burrows and are vegetarian. They are mostly brown in color and have short little tails. Like many other rodents, their teeth are ever-growing so they do a lot of chewing and knawing to keep them from getting too long.
What do Aplodontia eat?
Aplodontia are vegetarians who live in the woods, and they like to eat plants such as ferns, tree seedlings and roots.
Books About Aplodontia/Mountain Beavers
Learn About the Aplodontia
- Homepage of Vladimir Dinets-Quest for Aplodontia
page from a personal web-site about mountain beavers
- Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa)
Researchers and biologists have long been aware of this most unusual and interesting species, first reported by Lewis and Clark. Like most people however, few have actually seen the species in the wild.
- Mountain Beaver - Aplodontia
That "small animal about the size of a squirrel" with the fur of which Lewis wished his "Tiger Cat" capote to be lined, may have been the one that he soon learned was locally called sewelel.
- Mountain Beaver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa) is a primitive rodent unrelated to beavers and not usually found in mountainous areas.
- Eco-USA Fauna Profiles: Aplodontia
Photo of the Aplodontia, Aplodontia rufa
- North American Mammals: Aplodontia rufa
Some scientists think the mountain beaver is the worldâs most primitive living rodent, similar in appearance and behavior to animals that lived 60 million years ago.
- Pictures of the mountain beaver|Aplodontia rufa facts
The mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa) is an interesting but little known mammal unique to the Pacific Northwest
- Mountain Beaver Skull from Skulls Unlimited
Mountain beavers, not a true beaver, are heavy bodied rodents with short limbs. They are considered the most primitive living rodent.