Beaver vs. Woodchuck

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Beaver and Woodchuck is that the Beaver is a genus of mammals and Woodchuck is a species of mammal.

  • Beaver

    The beaver (genus Castor) is a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. Castor includes two extant species, the North American beaver (Castor canadensis) (native to North America) and Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) (Eurasia). Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material. The North American beaver population was once more than 60 million, but as of 1988 was 6–12 million. This population decline is the result of extensive hunting for fur, for glands used as medicine and perfume, and because the beavers’ harvesting of trees and flooding of waterways may interfere with other land uses.

  • Woodchuck

    The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. It was first scientifically described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. The groundhog is also referred to as a chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistlepig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk and, among French Canadians in eastern Canada, suffleur. The name “thickwood badger” was given in the Northwest to distinguish the animal from the prairie badger. Monax was a Native American name of the woodchuck, which meant “the digger”. Young groundhogs may be called chucklings. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the groundhog is a lowland creature. It is found through much of the eastern United States across Canada and into Alaska

  • Beaver (noun)

    A semiaquatic rodent of the genus Castor, having a wide, flat tail and webbed feet.

  • Beaver (noun)

    A hat, of various shape, made from a felted beaver fur (or later of silk), fashionable in Europe between 1550 and 1850.

  • Beaver (noun)

    The pubic hair and/or vulva of a woman.

  • Beaver (noun)

    The fur of the beaver.

  • Beaver (noun)

    Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woollen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats.

  • Beaver (noun)

    A brown colour, like that of a beaver.

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  • Beaver (noun)

    a man who wears a beard

  • Beaver (noun)

    A specialized part of a helmet designed to protect the lower face.

  • Woodchuck (noun)

    A rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots, noshow=1.


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