Squirrels are these little ratlike animal that are known for being cute and small. They are fast, tiny and, even if you didn’t know, dangerous. Yes, they can be dangerous, if you hate having someone biting. Squirrels also have bushy tails filled with fur, and their colors may depend on the area they lived in. Most common squirrels are brown or gray, but there are black squirrels too.
They generally are small, from 7 to 10 cm, but they can be bigger depending of the type of squirrel. Also, their general weight depends on the squirrels type and diet, but normally is from 10g or more.
Where can you find a squirrel?
Well, squirrels live in many types of habitats. Tropical, forests bathed with rain, and even semiarid places. Squirrels can be found anywhere from Miami to Portland and beyond. Two places where it would be unlikely to find squirrels are in completely arid places like deserts and places filled with cold.
Mating and behavior
They usually mate one or two times a year, and depending on the specie of the squirrel, they may drop several younglings. The females look after their kids, and then stop giving after six to ten weeks of being born. They become sexually capable after their first year.
As I already said, squirrels run by types, there are those who are constantly in the ground, which are more sociable than those who are constantly moving around trees. The first type of squirrels may live in colonies and you may find them in places filled with people. Another thing to add is that both of them are diurnal and crepuscular, which means that they do everything at the morning or at sunset. Another type of squirrels known as flying squirrels, are nocturnal.
One of the reasons why people shouldn’t feed squirrels is that their diet can be quite complicated. First of all, they can’t handle cellulose, which is the reason why they tend to eat food with proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Their diet consists usually in fruits, seeds, nuts, green vegetation and fungi.
Some squirrels, when suffering of extreme hunger, tend to eat meat.
It may differ from the type of squirrel, but they can also eat eggs, insects, young snakes and even small birds. There are those who have changed their diet into an insect eating diet.
They can be aggressive without even wanting to.
An interesting fact to add about squirrels is that they cannot— like dogs can—control their bites. If they sense the need to bite something they won’t hesitate and give it a second thought. They will just bite, and they will do it with all their strength. That’s why they can’t be domesticated, since they can be dangerous to kids and babies. Also, they have big claws which are needed to get up trees and move around. They can tear your skin and make you bleed if you are not careful enough.
Squirrels, as many other animals, have predators. There are several predators for the squirrels, but some of them eat squirrels depending on their species. While we are at it, I will write down some of the predators that eat squirrels without worrying of its type.
Snakes, eagles, falcons, cats, wolves, owls, raccoons, coyotes and.
Also… Humans. They kill them while hunting, just for fun or for fur.