IDENTIFICATION

  • Colour: Red, brown, grey, or black
  • Size: From 10 cm to 70 cm long
  • Description: Squirrels have slender bodies with bushy tails and large eyes. Hind limbs are longer than their front limbs, and they four or five toes on each paw.

SQUIRREL HABITAT

Squirrels live in almost every habitat, from tropical rain forest to semiarid desert, avoiding only the high polar regions and the driest of deserts. They are predominantly herbivorous, subsisting on seeds and nuts, but many will eat insects and even small vertebrates.

SQUIRREL DIET

Squirrels are omnivores, which means they like to eat plants and meat. Squirrels mainly eat fungi, seeds, nuts and fruits, but they will also munch on eggs, small insects, caterpillars, small animals and even young snakes.

SQUIRREL LIFE CYCLE

Dependent on their mother for at least six weeks, some squirrels may continue to nurse up to twelve weeks before weaning off and leaving the nest. They can live five to ten years in the wild, though the average lifespan of a squirrel is likely much shorter.

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