Nature Facts

Squirrels

Sciuridae


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Bible Lesson
he kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 14:44

Squirrel Facts:

  • Squirrels bury lots of nuts, but sometimes they forget where they all are. Many of the forgotten nuts grow to become trees.
  • Squirrels can rotate their ankles 180 degrees enabling them to hang upside down and descend a tree head first.
  • A squirrel’s tail has many benefits: It keeps the rain and wind off, to help cool off by pumping more blood through the tail, uses it as a counterbalance when jumping in trees, or as a type of parachute, also it uses it as a way to signal other squirrels by shaking it.
  • Squirrels in the wild live between 5-10 years.
  • The ancient greek word for squirrel means "shadow tailed."
  • Squirrels front teeth grow continuously throughout their lives–at a rate of about 6 inches (15 cm) per year.
  • A group of squirrels is called a "scurry" or "dray." Most squirrels live alone, only sometimes nest in groups.
  • Tree squirrels are known to pretend to bury nuts to fool potential thiefs. But they have detailed memory and a strong sense of smell–they still recover up to 80% of their hidden cache.

Squirrels from the Sciuridae Family

Squirrel Family

1. Eastern Grey Squirrel 2. Ground Squirrel 3. Chipmunk

Squirrel Family 2

1. Marmot 2. Flying Squirrel 3. Prairie Dog

 Squirrel hanging in tree
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Squirrels unlike other mammals can descend a tree head-first. They do so by rotating their ankles 180 degrees, enabling the hind paws to point backward and thus grip the tree bark from the opposite direction.

 Squirrel jumping
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A red squirrel jumps from a tree. The squirrel's tail acts like a counterblance & a parachute when they jump.

 Chipmunk with cheeks full
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Ground squirrels have cheek pouches. They will food for storage in thier cheeks--like giant grocery bags.

 A Variable Squirrel
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Finlayson's squirrel (variable squirrel), from Thailand

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