The Squirrel

Squirrels are cousins of prairie dogs, the woodchucks, the amazing flying squirrel and both tree and ground squirrels. The Squirrels are pretty widespread too because their kin can be seen all over the trees, parks and woodlands across the globe.

Aside from the famous love of nuts, the facts are these furry friends also dine on small insects, roots, tree bark, leaves and acorns. Squirrels will typically gather and save a lot of their food all year round. When you see them collecting all their nuts just before winter it is because they are getting ready for winter and they want to make sure that they have enough food to last them. After they have buried all of their food and when winter comes and goes, the squirrel will wake up out of hibernation and go look for the food they buried.

These furry rodents also have keen eyesight that is from their huge, glassy eyes. To easily help their way up a tree, they also have long nails and claws. Despite having perfect vision as adults, baby squirrels are blind at birth.

Many mother squirrels have from 2 to 8 babies at once, these babies are called kittens. The young ones depend on their mother for food and drink for about a couple of months. After that, they are matured and can fully hunt for food themselves.

Squirrels generally live in trees, basically in the holes of trunks or even abandoned nests. Squirrels will generally start looking for a nest when they start to mate, which is when they are about a year old.

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