Squirrels are getting a lot of human attention, but not necessarily for good reasons. We prefer to concentrate on negatives such as stolen tomatoes and occupied attics, often failing to fully understand the lengthy, often harmless, and sometimes amusing, squirrel past that lives among us.
Squirrels are wonderful animals. Were you aware that they can jump 10 times the length of their body and turn their ankles 180 degrees to face either direction while climbing?
Check out some nutty facts about squirrels.
1. Squirrels are able to find food hidden under a foot of snow. Food is important for squirrels during the cold winter months. Therefore it makes sense for some species to detect food under a foot of snow. The squirrel then digs a tunnel under the snow, following the scent to their hidden treasure (or another squirrel’s).
2. In the year 2013, authorities shut down camping in Los Angeles National Forest when an infected squirrel was found living there. The infection killed a 15-year-old boy from Kyrgyzstan, which he caught from a mountain squirrel. 100 people had to be quarantined, so this infection would be contained.
3. Squirrel has four toes on their front paws that are incredibly sharp and used when climbing to catch tree bark. They’ve got 5 toes on their back feet too.
4. There are more than 100 species of tree squirrels, and they actually occupy all continents of the world except Antarctica. They are among the most adaptable animals in the world, which, amid urbanisation in these lands, has allowed them to remain populous.