A squirrel's ecological niche is spreading seeds. Its role as a gatherer of nuts, berries and seeds promotes the growth of many plants and trees throughout forests and parks. Squirrels are also prey and provide food for many predators including foxes, coyotes, hawks and owls.Continue Reading
When a squirrel gathers food for the winter, it hides the food in multiple places. Acorns and pine seeds may be stored in hidden piles around the base of trees or underground, and many are forgotten by winter. Come spring, these seeds sprout and new plants, berry bushes and trees start to grow, providing shelter and food to a variety of species. Being a spreader fulfills an important role in any habitat and is an essential aspect of the ecosystem.
Squirrels live in most places on Earth, except Antarctica and Australia. The animals live in a wide range of habitats and are commonly seen on both country farms and city streets. There are more than 200 species that range in size from the 5-inch African Pygmy to the 3-foot Indian Giant squirrel.
While tree squirrels are the most common variety, there are also ground squirrels, which burrow tunnels, and flying squirrels, which make their nests in tree holes.Learn more about Rodents
The common eastern gray squirrel can live up to 12.5 years in the wild or 20 years in captivity. Other species have differing life spans; for instance, the southern flying squirrel lives for 5 to 6 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.Full Answer >
You must feed a newborn squirrel Esbilac Powder Milk Replacer with added heavy whipping cream. Though this formula is made for puppies, its nutritional profile is also good for newborn squirrels.Full Answer >
The red squirrel has a reddish back and white belly and is about half the size of a gray squirrel. The body is 11 to 13 inches long, and the tail adds another 4 or 5 inches. The red squirrel lives in forests in the northern half of North America.Full Answer >
"Drunk squirrel" is not a species of squirrel but a reference to squirrels that have eaten fermented pumpkins or berries. Humorous videos and stories of "drunk" squirrels are widespread on the web and are a source of amusement for many.Full Answer >