Red Fox Squirrel photo by Darlene Betat
Know these facts about our fascinating, furry friends?
* Squirrels can jump up to six feet in one bound.
* A squirrel uses its tail for balance, allowing quick maneuvers without falling. It also uses it as a parachute, a blanket in the winter, and to communicate with other squirrels.
* Squirrels like to nest in a hollow tree cavity or squirrel nest box, or build a nest of twigs and leaves. They line their nest with soft materials like fur and feathers.
* Tree squirrels don’t hibernate in cold weather. They’re most active between dawn and mid- day. During severe conditions, they may not leave the nest for days.
* Late winter mating season encourages breathtaking acrobatics as males chase females, and chase off other suitors, at top speed.
* Baby squirrels are born blind and naked in the spring, and weigh one or two ounces. They’ll venture out of the nest in eight to ten weeks.