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Fun Facts About Squirrels

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  • There are more than 200 species of squirrels. Squirrels are most common in wooded areas and they have successfully spread themselves all over the world with the exception of only a few isolated land masses. The few places that have no squirrels include Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, and Greenland. Squirrels belong to the Sciuridae family, which includes tree and ground squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, prairie dogs and marmots.

  • Squirrels range in size from the African pygmy squirrel at 2.8 to 3.9 inches (7 to 10 centimeters) in length and just 0.35 ounces (10 grams) in weight, to the Indian giant squirrel that is 36 inches (1 meter) long and weighs up to 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms).

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  • Tree squirrels and ground squirrels mostly eat nuts, acorns, berries, leaves, roots, seeds, and other plants. They also catch and eat small animals, such as insects and caterpillars. However they are possibly best known for eating birdseed.

  • Squirrels can leap over five feet vertically, jump about ten feet horizontally, and overall they tend to be surprisingly clever mammals. Hence overcoming squirrel proof bird feeders is nothing more than a minor challenge for most squirrels. Why not make peace in your backyard by buying squirrels their own feeder?

  • Gray squirrels bury their acorns all over the place, often forgetting where they put them, causing the seeds to grow into oak trees.

  • Flying squirrels glide rather than actually fly. They have a muscle membrane between their legs and body that allows gliding from a higher point to a lower point at a distance of up to about 150 feet (46 m).

  • Squirrels can communicate with each other through various sounds. Some types of ground squirrel warn each other of predators by a whistling sound.

  • According to at least one National Geographic author "squirrels must always be wary of predators because they are tasty morsels". How is it that the National Geographic author knows this?

  • Like bats, squirrels do not mind hanging upside down.

  • Babies are born blind and for the first two months they are totally dependent on their mothers.

  • Mother tree squirrels usually have two to eight offspring in each litter and they usually have several litters per year. This might explain why almost every tree in the neighborhood comes with a free squirrel at no additional charge.

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