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Eastern Gray Squirrel
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Squirrel is the common name for rodents of the family Sciuridae. In everyday speech in the English-speaking world it usually refers to members of the genera Sciurus and Tamasciurus. These typical members of the family are tree squirrels with large bushy tails, and are native to Europe, Asia and the Americas. Similar genera are found in Africa. However, the Sciuridae also include flying squirrels, and ground squirrels such as the chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks. The unrelated family Anomaluridae also have "squirrel" in their common name, though they are usually referred to as "scaly-tailed flying squirrels".

Typical squirrels include the European Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris, the Fox Squirrel S. niger, the Eastern Gray Squirrel S. carolinensis, the Western Gray Squirrel S. griseus, and the American Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus.

One well-known trait of some species of squirrel is the gathering and storing of nuts for the winter. These squirrels are scatter-hoarders, i.e. they will gather nuts and store them in any accessible hiding place, usually by burying them. Recent research shows that they have excellent memories for the locations of these caches.

Squirrels are generally clever and persistent animals; in residential neighborhoods they are notorious for eating out of bird feeders, digging in potted plants either to bury or recover food, and for setting up house in sheltered areas including attics. Many companies sell bird feeders which are supposedly "squirrel-proof"; most of them in fact are not.

Squirrels are sometimes also pests because they chew on various edible and inedible objects; the habit helps keep the squirrel's teeth sharp and also wears the teeth down (rodents' teeth grow constantly). Homeowners in areas with a heavy squirrel population must keep attics and basements carefully sealed to prevent property damage caused by nesting squirrels. Fake owls and scarecrows are generally ignored by the animals, and the best way to prevent chewing on an object is to coat it with something to make it undesirable: for instance a soft cloth or chilli pepper paste or powder.

Squirrels can be trained to be hand fed. Because they are able to cache surplus food, they will take as much food as you put out. If a person starts to feed one, that squirrel will come back day after day to get its food. This is not recommended, however, because squirrels may carry plague or other animal-borne diseases.

The Red Squirrel populations in Britain, Ireland and more recently, northern Italy, have declined and become regionally extinct in recent decades, primarily because of competition from Gray Squirrels (introduced from North America), but also habitat loss. Conservation efforts include preserving and planting the conifer forests that Red Squirrels prefer. The recent colonisation of mainland Europe in Italy by Gray Squirrels is expected to result ultimately in the extinction of the Red Squirrel over most of Europe.
Taxonmony
Phylum: chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
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INFO LINKS
Red Squirrel
The Mammal Society - The Voice for British Mammals
Red Squirrel Narrative and picture Read More
Douglasí Squirrel
Animal Tracks of Humboldt County
Natural History of Douglasí Squirrel , Identifying Douglasí Squirrel tracks. Read More
Gray Squirrel
Animal Tracks of Humboldt County
Natural History of Gray Squirrel , Identifying Gray Squirrel tracks. Read More
Unstriped Ground Squirrel
Kenya Beasts
Pictures of Unstriped Ground Squirrel Read More
Flying Squirrel
The Longpoint schoolhouse
Flying Squirrel Read More
Grey Squirrel
The Longpoint schoolhouse
Grey Squirrel Read More
Red Squirrel
The Longpoint schoolhouse
Red Squirrel Read More
Grey squirrel
BBC Nature: Wildfacts
Grey squirrel: Facts and Pictures Read More
Red squirrel
BBC Nature: Wildfacts
Red squirrel: Facts and Pictures Read More
Prevost's Squirrel
Honolulu Zoo
Prevost's Squirrel Read More
Black Giant Squirrel
Yunnan Animal Museum
About Black Giant Squirrel Read More
Tricolor Squirrel
Sedgwick County Zoo
Tricolor Squirrel fact sheet Read More
Squirrel
National Geographic
Squirrel fact sheet and pictures; video clip; audio clip Read More
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Calgary's Weaselhead Society
Species profile for Eastern Grey Squirrel Read More
Northern Flying Squirrel
Calgary's Weaselhead Society
Species profile for Northern Flying Squirrel Read More
Red Squirrel
Calgary's Weaselhead Society
Species profile for Red Squirrel Read More
Richardson's Ground Squirrel
Calgary's Weaselhead Society
Species profile for Richardson's Ground Squirrel Read More
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Calgary's Weaselhead Society
Species profile for Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel Read More
Prevost's Squirrel
National Zoo
Prevost's Squirrel fact sheet Read More
European Red Squirrel
Blue Planet Biomes
Brief description of European Red Squirrel with additional references Read More
Flying Squirrel
Animals Of The Rainforest
Brief description, taxonomic information, pictures, and links Read More
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Canadian Wildlife Service
Categorized and detailed information on habitat, diet, range, etc.  Read More
Red Squirrel
Wind Cave National Park
Fact Sheet Read More
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Wind Cave National Park
Fact Sheet Read More
Southern Flying Squirrel
The University of Georgia
Fact Sheet Read More
Red Squirrel
bcadventure.com
Brief description of Red Squirrel Read More
Prevost's Squirrel
Houston Zoo
About Prevost's Squirrel Read More
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