The beaver is a primarily nocturnal
Nocturnal animal
Nocturnality is an animal behavior characterized by activity during the night and sleeping during the day. The common adjective is "nocturnal"....

, large, semi-aquatic rodent
Rodentia is an order of mammals also known as rodents, characterised by two continuously growing incisors in the upper and lower jaws which must be kept short by gnawing....

. Castor includes two extant species, North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) (native to North America
North America
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) and Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber) (Eurasia
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). Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara
The capybara , also known as capivara in Portuguese, and capibara, chigüire in Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador ronsoco in Peru, chigüiro, and carpincho in Spanish, is the largest living rodent in the world. Its closest relatives are agouti, chinchillas, coyphillas, and guinea pigs...

). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material.