SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!

SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!!

We’re celebrating those adorable and often misunderstood little rodents today! There are more than 200 species of squirrels all over the world! To celebrate these bushy tailed animals we’re going to share some fun facts, pictures and a fun squirrel craft!

We have our squirrel tails!

We have our squirrel tails!

  • There are more than 200 species of squirrel in the world.
  • Squirrels live on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
  • The African Pygmy Squirrel is the smallest species of squirrel. They are 5 inches long.
  • The Indian Ground Squirrel is the largest at 3 feet long!
  • There are tree squirrels, ground squirrels and flying squirrels.
  • Flying squirrels do not actually fly, but glide using a flap of skin on each side.
  • Some squirrels can run as fast as 20 mph.
  • A squirrel’s teeth grow throughout their lifetime.
  • Squirrels are omnivores. They eat bugs, eggs, nuts, seeds and fruit.
  • Squirrels that bury their food for winter, find it by rubbing their scent on it first. They use their keen noses to find it later.
  • The average squirrel eats about a pound of food a week!

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Wow! Who knew that squirrels were so fascinating! We had no idea that there were so many species! We’ve only featured two: The Gambian Sun Squirrel and the Prevost’s Squirrel! We had better get to learning about the other 200 species!

In the meantime we’re going to wear our squirrel tails and be honorary squirrels for the day! We’ll also be making these cute squirrel pencil toppers! How will you be celebrating our favorite rodent friends?

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11 thoughts on “SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!

  1. Great facts, E. and E.! I will celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day by chasing an extra squirrel or two when I’m outside. (I don’t know what I’d EVER do if I caught one – yikes!) I sure hope I never run into one of those 3 foot squirrels you talked about. Then he would be chasing ME!! Double yikes!!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  2. Love Love Love squirrels 🙂 lol
    so cute ……………..
    here is a Squirrel for YOU XO
    http://catforsley.me/2013/01/12/just-silly-fun-xx-cat-forsley/love-cxx/

  3. I am actually scared of squirrels lol. Only when I have to handle them… when they are running free in the wild, I can certainly appreciate them more!

    • Scared of squirrels? Oh no! Why do you handle them? Are you a wildlife rehabilitator?

      • I worked at a vet clinic with an exotic and avian specialist and a handful of people had some as pets. Only because they couldn’t release them into the wild due to health problems. They were pretty scary to work with! Definitely on my top 5 scariest list.

      • Oh wow! That sounds like a neat job! Squirrels or not ;)!

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