Squirrels are amazing to watch. These small nimble animals with big bushy tails are related to chipmunks, prairie dogs and groundhogs.
How much does a squirrel weigh?
Eastern Gray – 14 to 21 ounces (396 to 595 grams).
Western Gray – 12.3 to 35.2 ounces (349 to 997 grams).
Red Squirrel – 11 ounces (300 grams).
Altogether there are more than 100 species of tree squirrel and they inhabit all continents around the world.
As the name suggests tree squirrels will make trees their natural habitat. However, their home must have plenty of nuts and acorns for them to live on.
From September until March a squirrel will consume around 1.5lbs of food a week.
When there is a bigger supply of food, usually in the summer months, squirrels will hoard their food. They will normally hide it and bury it in various places.
To trick other animals and keep their food safe, squirrels will often dig fake holes and pretend to bury food.
Sometimes squirrels will forget where they have buried their stash of food!
~ Fun Fact ~
Did you know that a squirrel’s teeth never stop growing? That is why they must keep gnawing to keep them to wear them down.