January 20, 2015

Super Power Squirrel Facts

–Worldwide, there are over 265 different species of amazing squirrels.

–The tiniest squirrel is the African Pygmy Squirrel. It’s only about 5 inches long (13

Indian Giant Squirrel By VinodBhattu on Wikimedia.

centimeters).

–The biggest squirrel is the Indian Giant Squirrel grows to be about 3 feet long (1 meter long).

–A group of squirrels is called a Scurry or a Dray.

–Baby squirrels are about an inch long when they are born. If you ever find one that has fallen out of their nest,check out this website in order to give that little guy the best chance. https://www.thedodo.com/what-to-do-if-you-find-a-baby-squirrel-1687155554.html

–Have you ever seen squirrels running around like their tails are on fire. They zig and zag all over the place. It actually is for a reason. They run like that in order to avoid predators like hawks, owls, cats, coyotes, and other squirrel hunters.

–Made you look! Squirrels will pretend to bury food, but then actually bury it somewhere else. That way, thieves will only dig up dirt and not the acorn or other treat the squirrel was trying to save for winter. (Bonus: The buried nuts they forget about grow up to be more trees. Ya-hoo!)

–They eat nuts, seeds, roots, and leaves, and also smaller critters like caterpillars and other insects.

–Their front teeth never stop growing, so they need to always be gnawing on things to grind them down.

–Flying squirrels have a flap of skin between their wrists and ankles and when they leap, they fly from branch to branch. (Really, they glide, but it’s much cooler to say fly.) They can fly as far as 150 feet. (46 meters)