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There are 260 species of Squirrel in 7 families. They are of different types such as Ground Squirrel, Tree Squirrel, Flying Squirrel and Fox Squirrel. They are seen in different colours such as gray, white, red and black. They have a life span of 5 to 7 years.

For a full List of Squirrels Click Here.

Squirrels belong to the order ‘Rodentia’, with over 1650 species e.g. the Gopher, Ground Hog and Prairie Dog; it is the largest group of living mammals.

Squirrels are not sexually dimorphic; i.e. both males and females are of the same size.

Squirrel start mating when they are a year old. A male Squirrel makes a sneezing sound when ready to mate and they also chase females at top speed from tree to tree, whilst performing some of the most breathtaking acrobatics. The males will also chase off other suitors. The mating season begins in the late winter when they are most active. A male can smell a female in heat up to 1.6km (1 mile) away. The majority of the Squirrel’s mate twice a year. A female chooses the strongest male but is unlikely to breed with that male again. This is nature’s way of reducing inbreeding and to preserve the species. The female Squirrel gives birth to between 4–8 offspring.

The period of gestation varies from 33 days in the smaller species of Pine Squirrel, up to 60 days for the larger species such as the common Gray and Fox Squirrel.

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The new born Squirrels (called kittens) about 2½cm (1in) long and weighs approximately 28gms (1oz); are naked (without fur), have no teeth and blind for approximately 2 months.

Squirrels are fast they can run at the speed of 32 k.p.h. (20 m.p.h.).

The hind legs of Squirrel are double-jointed. This helps them run up and down trees quickly.

When a Squirrel senses danger, its first instinct is to stand motionless. If on the ground it will race to the closest tree or other climbable object to escape. If it is in a tree, it will circle the trunk with its body pressed tightly to the bark.

The Gray Squirrel has been known to build a nest in many unusual places, in an attic or a crawl space seems to be the most common. Squirrel have also built nests in automobiles, chimney’s, barbecue grills and under porches.

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Squirrel have long, muscular hind legs and short front legs that work together to aid in leaping over 6m (20ft). But even more remarkable is their ability of falling without getting injured: they can survive unharmed to a 30m (100ft) fall. They use their tail both for balance while jumping and as a parachute while dropping; they also have padded feet that help cushion the fall.

Squirrels hardly move out of their nests in the night. They get back to their nests before it gets dark.

Squirrels communicate through a series of chirps. The frequency and the duration of the notes communicate everything from laughter to alarm. Their frequency range is normally between 01 and 10 kilohertz. These sounds when used in conjunction with body language, especially tail gestures form the basis for Squirrel communication.

Squirrels have 5 toes on their back feet and 4 toes on their front. Their front toes are very sharp and help in gripping tree bark for climbing.

In addition to residing in the Eastern US, Eastern Gray Squirrel can be found in many western countries, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa.

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Squirrels in general are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia and its surrounding islands.

Squirrel can eat their own body weight approximately 680gms (1.5lbs) every week.

The hibernating Arctic Ground Squirrel is the only warm-blooded mammal able to withstand body temperatures below freezing.

Squirrel eyes are positioned in such a way that they can see some things behind them.

The word ‘Squirrel’ comes from skiouros, a Greek word meaning ‘the shadow tail’ (‘Skia’ means ‘shadow’ and ‘oura’ means ‘tail’). It is believed that this name comes from the ability of Squirrel to make their own shade by lifting their tails.

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Squirrels are rodents, which mean they belong to the order ‘Rodentia’, which includes Mice, Porcupines, Beavers, Guinea Pig, Gerbils, etc. Rodentia groups are approximately 40% of all the mammal species, which makes it the largest order of mammals.

The smallest Squirrel is the African Pygmy Squirrel is only 13cm (5.1ins) long from nose to tail with the largest specie of Squirrel is the Indian Giant Squirrel (Ratufa Indica). The body is 35–40cm (13.7–15.7ins) but his tail can reach 50cm (2ins).

Squirrels have big eyes located on the sides of their head, in a high position. Their wide field of vision allows them to see not only what is on front of them but also part of what’s behind him. Unlike the human eye, the Squirrel’s eye is perfectly focused not only in the middle of the image but also in the periphery.

Being a rodent, Squirrel’s teeth never stop growing. They grow an astonishing 15cm (5.9ins) a year but to its constant gnawing, the Squirrel manages to keep them short.

Squirrels eat various types of foods: nuts, fruits, seeds but also bugs and an occasional dead animal if all the rest in unavailable. An adult Squirrel eats an average of ½kg (1.1lbs) of food per week.

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The most common type of Squirrel bite is a result of feeding a Squirrel by hand. Never hold the food between your fingers or the chances are very good you will be bitten. A Squirrel’s eyes are always looking for predators and they rarely focus on what they are eating.

A Squirrel will break the shell of a nut with its teeth; then clean the nut by licking it or rubbing on its face before it is buried. This action applies a scent to the nut which helps the Squirrel find it later, even under a foot of snow.

The sweat glands of a tree Squirrel are located on their feet, between the foot pads and on their paws between the toes. When hot or excited a Squirrel will leave wet tracks on a dry surface. This scent is also used to mark the trees in their territory.

Most Squirrels’ don’t hibernate; however, Ground Squirrels do.

The male Tree Squirrel is one of the cleanest rodents. He takes twice as long as females to groom himself.

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Squirrel are crepuscular animals, i.e. more active at sunrise and sunset, although their habits seem to change according to the season. In the summer, Squirrel wake up a couple of hours after dawn, rest again in the afternoon, resume their activities a couple of hour before sunset and retire to their nests before dark. In the winter, the Squirrel is more active during the first part of the day, starting at dawn up to mid-day. In especially bad weathered days, Squirrel’s may not leave the nest at all.

When Squirrel feel threatened their first instinct is to freeze. If they are on the ground, they will search for a tree to take cover.

The Squirrel is a clean and working animal: if his nest is attacked by fleas or other parasites, he will build a new one elsewhere. Sometimes there are more nests than Squirrel’s.

An adult Squirrel normally lives alone. But will, in severe cold, share its nest with other Squirrel to conserve body heat. Once the temperature rises, the guests will be on their way.

The gray Squirrel requires some salt in its diet and may find this salt in the soil along roads where snow and ice may have been.

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Like other rodents, Squirrel have four front teeth that never stop growing so they don’t wear down from the constant gnawing.

Ground Squirrels eat nuts, leaves, roots, seeds and other plants. They also catch and eat small animals, such as insects and caterpillars. These small mammals must always be wary of predators because they are tasty morsels with few natural defences, save flight. Sometimes groups of ground Squirrel work together to warn each other of approaching danger with a whistling call.

Tree Squirrel are commonly seen everywhere from woodlands to city parks. Though they are terrific climbers, these Squirrels do come to the ground in search of fare such as nuts, acorns, berries and flowers. They also eat bark, eggs or baby birds. Tree sap is a delicacy to some species.

Flying Squirrel is a third, adaptable type of Squirrel. They live something like birds do, in nests or tree holes and although they do not fly, they can really move across the sky. Flying Squirrel glide, extending their arms and legs and coasting through the air from one tree to another. Flaps of skin connecting limbs to body provide a winglike surface. These gliding leaps can exceed 46m (150ft). Flying Squirrel eats nuts and fruit but also catches insects and even baby birds.

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Because there are so many Big & XL animations I’m going to break
them to 2 pages to help in a faster download.
For available Big versions: Click Here for  Squirrels 01;  Squirrels 02.
For available XL versions: Click Here for  Squirrels 01;  Squirrels 02.

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