Squirrel Facts

You have likely seen a squirrel running around your backyard or across your power lines. Squirrels are one of the most commonly found wildlife creatures not only in the wild but also in residential neighborhoods and parks. They are not aggressive and are more likely to run up the tree to escape from you than they are to attack you. There are over 200 species of squirrels that can be found all over the world, which means that no matter where you live you are able to find a squirrel. With so many different species of squirrels, you can only expect that they vary in sizes from a couple inches up to 36 inches. However, the most commonly found squirrel in America is the grey squirrel.

Squirrels are divided into three main types of squirrel: tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and flying squirrels. Obviously, tree squirrels live in trees- the Grey Squirrel fits into this group which is why you often see them running up trees- they will build their nests in the trees and spend their days running playfully up and down. Ground squirrels will dig burrows that extend underground and they use for hibernation during the winter. Flying squirrels also live up in the trees, as they are not true fliers and merely glide from limb to limb using the skin flap found between their body and legs.

Many people believe that squirrels exclusively eat nuts or other grains, however they will also eat meats and veggies as well. While they won’t hunt other animals for meat, they will go after insects. One of the most well-known traits of squirrels is their habit of burying acorns to store for the winter. This practice is actually the main source of many oak trees, as squirrels will bury the acorns and then forget about them come spring

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