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Small squirrel foraging a tree, Kabil-Sepilok Forest Reserve
Prevosts Squirrel, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Grey Squirrel eating a nut
Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel, Royal Victoria Park, Bath
There are many different species of squirrel natively found in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Squirrels are small rodents generally between 10 cm and 20 cm tall, although some species of squirrel like marmots and prairie dogs around the size of a small beaver.

The red squirrel native to the United Kingdom is rapidly becoming extinct due to the rise in eastern grey squirrel numbers. In the UK grey squirrels are classed as vermin so it is illegal to release any into the wild as the grey squirrel destroys the habitats of the smaller native red squirrel.

There are around 50 species of flying squirrel found in tree tops worldwide. These flying squirrels cannot fly as such, but more jump and glide to their destination, with the flying squirrel able to use its shorter tail to help it balance.

There are about six species of ground squirrel still found mainly in America with the exception of the African ground squirrel which resembles a small meerkat. Marmots and prairie dogs can grow to up to 60 cm in length and live for more than 20 years in captivity.

Squirrels eat nuts, berries, shoots and occasionally insects. Most species of squirrel hibernates during the colder winter months, with the squirrels beginning to store food in their dens during the autumn in preparation for the winter.


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Squirrel Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Sciuridae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Sciuridae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
15-30cm (6-12in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
250-1,000g (0.5-2.2lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
25km/h (16mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
2-8 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Grey, Brown, Tan, Red
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Fruit
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Woodland and dense forests
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fruit, Seeds, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Snakes, Coyote, Weasels
Special Features:Cheek teeth and long, furry tail

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