Questions About Squirrels
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What Colours Are Squirrels?
The famous gray squirrel actually comes in a variety of colours - various shades of gray and brown, pure white and pure black and red squirrels are sometimes all black.
How Many Different Kind Of Squirrels Are There?
There are over 365 species of squirrels or squirrel like mammals through out the world. These are divided into seven families. The three most common squirrel families are the ground squirrel, the flying squirrel and the tree squirrel. The Gray squirrel is probably the most common of the tree squirrels. They inhabit most of the northern hemisphere.
What Does A Squirrel Eat?
Urban squirrels have adapted to eat just about anything, including pizza, luncheon meats and all forms of snack foods. Squirrels have been known to eat bird eggs, but this is a last resort. When natural food is scarce, they will eat anything they can find.
Are Squirrels Territorial?
Squirrels claim an area, usually one to seven acres in size. They will build their nest in this space. They will find, and store their food in this area. The squirrel must keep other squirrels from invading this space. Squirrels mark their territory by urinating on the surrounding trees. This warns an intruding squirrel, that it's trespassing.
Why Do Squirrel Have Such Large Tails?
The squirrel uses its tail for many things. It's primary function is for balance. This enables the squirrel to maneuver quickly without falling. It is also used as a parachute, should the squirrel fall. It can act as a blanket in the winter. Squirrels also use their tail to communicate with other squirrels.
Do Squirrels Hibernate For The Winter?
No, tree squirrels are active all year round. You may not see them as often in the winter, since they stay in their nests to conserve body heat.
Where Do Squirrels Live?
Squirrels build nests called "dreys". They are made of twigs and leaves. The interior is lined with fur, feathers or other soft material for comfort. There are normally two exits in this type of nest, and they're built high in a tree between two strong branches. High enough to provide protection from ground predators, but not too high or the nest will be destroyed by the winds. Squirrels also will build a nest, called a "den", in a hollow tree cavity.
When Do Squirrels Mate?
Squirrels mate in the late winter or very early spring. This time may vary with location, and the weather conditions.
How do squirrels communicate?
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 KHz. and 10 KHz. (kilohertz). These sounds when used in conjunction with tail gestures, form the basis for squirrel communication.
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