Some fascinating facts about squirrels:
- Gray squirrels are common on Long Island, but there are 280 species of squirrel.
- Squirrels are born blind.
- While flying squirrels can’t fly like birds or butterflies, they can glide between trees for distances up to 300 feet.
- Squirrels can turn their ankles 180 degrees while climbing.
- Their hind legs are double-jointed. This allows them to run up and down trees quickly and they’re one of very few creatures who can run down a tree headfirst.
- Mating season is February through May. On average, each litter has two to four babies.
- Squirrels live all over the world – except Australia.
- The smallest type of squirrel is the African pygmy squirrel. It’s only five inches long from nose to tail.
- The Indian giant squirrel is three feet long!
- As with other members of the rodent family, squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing. Constant gnawing keeps them in check.
- Some types of ground squirrels will work together in groups, using a whistle call to warn each other of approaching danger.
- Tree sap is a delicacy to certain species of squirrels.
- Tree squirrels commonly eat nuts, acorns, berries, and flowers but some will also eat bark, eggs, or even baby birds.
- Squirrels use a mix of vocalizations and scent marking to communicate.
- Squirrels use their tails to signal information to other squirrels, such as twitching to alert other squirrels of possible danger.
- When you see a squirrel running back and forth, seemingly without reason, they’re not being flighty. It’s a way to deter predators, especially birds of prey, into thinking they’re going in a different direction.
- Squirrels will fake burying food and nuts to deceive would-be thieves that their winter stash is someplace it isn’t. Sometimes their ruse will be quite elaborate.
- In many Native American traditions, squirrels are symbols for thriftiness and preparation. In others they’re viewed as mischievous pests.
- A Hopi Kachina named Laqan is the squirrel spirit.
- In Wabanaki folklore, Mikew is the name of a squirrel who is a troublemaker and gossip.
- Squirrels sort their food. Researchers observing squirrels on the University of California at Berkley’s campus found that when given a mixture of nuts, the squirrels would sort the nuts by type before burying each type in a different area.
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