10 December 2009

Select Squirrel Facts

Squirrels Facts

  • There are over 365 species of squirrels.
  • Squirrels usually live alone, but will huddle together in nests during extreme cold.
  • Winter activity is usually in the morning, followed by the remainder of the day hanging around the nest.
  • Summer activity is usually in the morning, followed by an afternoon siesta, then more foraging a few hours before sunset.
  • Acrobatic chasing in late winter is part of the mating ritual.
  • Have you heard screeching starting in the spring? Those are baby squirrels -- kittens -- demanding food.
  • Typical litter size is 3-4.
  • Squirrels can eat their weight in seed in one week. (That explains a lot.)
  • Squirrels, like other rodents, have front teeth that keep growing. Squirrel teeth grown six-inches per year and are worn down by eating and gnawing.
  • Squirrels can reach a top speed of twenty-miles per hour.
  • Squirrels have excellent jumping skills -- six-feet vertically and eight-feet horizontally.

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