Published on May 16, 2020

Squirrel Background Images

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Though most people are familiar with squirrels (after all they seem to be everywhere you find trees) there are a few things that will surprise you still. We do not mean their signature tail or the fact that they are fast rodents. Instead we will focus on the “not so known” facts about squirrels. Things that will surprise you or that will make some of their behavior make sense.

Their Teeth Grow Their Whole Lives

A lot of the times you will find chewed up wires or holes in the walls that have been made by squirrels; that is because squirrels have teeth which grow their entire lives. The chewing of solid materials help the squirrel keeps the teeth a certain size. If the squirrel did not take care of its teeth this way, then the teeth would get too long and make it impossible for it to eat.

They Eat More Than Just Nuts

A squirrel’s diet is not just nuts and food that humans dispose of. Their diet is full of different things such as tree barks, roots, acorns, leaves and even some small insects. Some squirrels cannot break down foods like cellulose which means that they can ignore tree bark as a food source altogether.


They Always Collect Food

Squirrels collect food year-round, but they will be more active in their food collecting process in the fall just before the winter. This is done as a measure to have food available in the winter when the food is not as easy to get. The squirrel will bury the food and come back to it after the winter hibernation period has ended. The food stored will usually last long enough to keep the squirrel until new food sources are found.

Squirrels Warn Other Animals Of Danger

Squirrels are not the selfish animals think them to be; in fact the opposite is true. Squirrels will warn others of a danger when they feel that danger is near. Instead of running away, the squirrel who sends that signal is usually the one to leave the area last.

Their Vision Doesn’t Get Worse As They Age

The squirrel’s vision gets usually better as they get to adulthood. Adult squirrels are one of the animals to have a perfect vision as adults. The perfect vision however is not the case when they are born. A baby squirrel is in fact born blind which makes the mother’s care all that much more important. The mother’s care can last up to two and a half to three months, but the young squirrels should be ready for the world at about 8 weeks.

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