Squirrels belong to a large family of rodents
called the Sciuridae.
Squirrel in Foreign Languages:
Basque: katagorri / urtxintxa
Breton: gwiñver / kaz-koad
Chinese Mandarin: songshu / huishu
Friulian: sghirat / sghirate
German: Eichhörnchen / Hörnchen
Interlingua: sciuro / scuriolo
Irish: iora / madra crainn
Isthmus Zapotec: chisa
Lower Sorbian: njewjericka
Old English: acweorna
Old Norse: íkorni
Sardinian: schirrittu / schirrimatta
Scottish Gaelic: feòrag
Upper Sorbian: wjewjercka
West Frisian: iikhoarntsje
Wolof: jaar ji
Yiddish: veverke / vevrik
Size: Squirrels measure 5 to 36 inches long
and they weigh 0.5 oz to 4 lbs. The smallest squirrel
is the African pygmy squirrel which measures only five
inches long. The largest squirrel is the Indian giant
squirrel, which is three feet long!
Habitat: Squirrels are found on every continent
except Australia and Antartica. Squirrels are highly
adaptable and they are found in almost every habitat
from tropical rainforest to semiarid desert throughout
Description: Squirrels have long muscular hind
legs and short front legs. Squirrels also have a thick
bushy tail. Squirrels come in a variety of shapes, sizes
and colors. In fact squirrels can be black, white, gray,
brown and red.
Diet: Squirrels eat nuts, small insects, roots,
tree bark, leaves and acorns.
Communication: Squirrels communicate
by chattering and waving their tails.
Did You Know?
Like rabbits a squirrels front teeth
never stop growing.
Gestation: Squirrels carry their young from
33 to 60 days.
Birth: Squirrels give birth to litters of 4
or 8 babies. Squirrels are born naked and blind.
Sexually Mature: Most squirrels species reach
sexual maturity around the age of one.
Life Span: Squirrels live approximately
Did You Know?
A squirrel will break the shell of
a nut with its teeth, then clean the
nut by licking it or rubbing on its
face before it is buried. The "cleaning"
applies a scent to the nut which helps
the squirrel find it later.