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Squirrels!


Dec 10, 2019

Squirrels!

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Whether you love them or you don’t, they’re still interesting!

Did you know…

The word ‘squirrel’ stands for shadow tail in Greek

The United States is host to five squirrel species: fox, gray, red flying and ground squirrels.

Squirrels bulk up to stay warm in colder seasons, and can find food buried beneath a foot of snow. While they store nuts for the winter, they don’t actually hibernate.

They pretend to bury nuts to throw off potential poachers, but may lose 25% of their buried food to thieves.

They don’t always remember where they’ve buried these nuts which results in more trees!

Male squirrels can scent a female in heat from a mile away, and newborns are about an inch long when born.

Squirrels have 4 toes on their front feet and 5 toes on their back feet.

They’re very acrobatic, intelligent and adaptable, and run in a zigzag pattern to escape predators.

Humans introduced squirrels to most of our city parks.

Hawaii has no squirrels.