Squirrels are recognizable to almost everyone as more than 200 species exist! Squirrels are nimble, with a bushy tail and are able to acrobatically jump from tree branch to tree branch with ease. Squirrels belong to the Sciuridae family, which includes prairie dogs, chipmunks and marmots. They feast on seed, corn and various nuts and berries, often burying them as winter gets closer ensuring food when natural sources are scarce. Depending on where you live, you may see them in shades of gray, brown, black and even white.
On average, squirrels eat one pound of food per week! In addition to nuts, squirrels do eat plants and even meat. They will feast on fungi, seeds, nuts and fruits, small eggs, insects, caterpillars and even young snakes.
CritterWise,® chock full of tasty morsels squirrels love, is perfect in a platform feeder allowing squirrels to take a seat and nibble away. We also sell ears of corn, the perfect size for squirrels to hold onto and eat.
Love your squirrels and their antics? Give them their own seat in your backyard with our Looker Feeder. Stake an ear of corn or cylindrical seed cake at the “table” and watch them eat to their hearts content.
Speaking of corn, want to see some crazy acrobatic antics? Try out the Squngee Feeder and watch as your squirrels bungee jump for corn. In addition, we carry several squirrel-friendly feeders perfect for any backyard.
Squirrels live in forests, yards, gardens and city parks. Basically they live anywhere there are large trees whose leaves die in the fall. Squirrels live in trees year-round, either in cavities or nests they build out of leaves.
Did You Know?
The squirrel’s greatest tool may be its tail. It uses it for balance, shade from the sun, as an umbrella, a blanket, and as a rudder when swimming. A squirrel can jump 4’ up, 8’ sideways and fall 30+’ using their tail as a parachute!
As their large eyes indicate, in general squirrels have an excellent sense of vision, which is especially important for tree-dwelling species. They also have very versatile and sturdy claws for grasping and climbing.Many also have a good sense of touch, with whiskers on their heads and limbs.