Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Sciuridae
  Scientific Name : Sciuridae

                      Size : 15 - 30cm (6 - 12in)
                 Weight : 250 - 1,000g 
                                 (0.5 - 2.2lbs)
           Top Speed : 25km/h (16mph)
            Life Span : 2 - 8 years

                Colour : Black, Grey, Brown, Tan
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Cheek teeth and 
                               long, furry tail
  1. Squirrels are small rodents natively found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
  2. They are broadly categorized into two groups- flying squirrels and ground squirrels.
  3. There are around 50 species of flying squirrels found in the world.
  4. Flying squirrels don’t fly but jump and glide from one tree top to the other.
  5. They use their short tail to help them balance.
  6. There are around 6 species of ground squirrels most of which are found in America.
  7. Only, the African ground squirrel which resembles the meerkat is found in Africa.
  8. Squirrels generally grow between 10cm-20cm tall.
  9. Distinctively, they have cheek teeth and a long, flurry tail.
  10. Some species of squirrels like the Marmots and Prairie Dogs can grow up to 60cm n length.
  11. The average lifespan of squirrels is between 2 to 8 years but a few of them may live as long as 20 years in captivity.
  12. The squirrels may be Black, Grey, Brown, Tan or Red in color.
  13. The red squirrels of the U.K are almost extinct because of the increasing eastern grey squirrel numbers.
  14. Interestingly, grey squirrels are considered as vermin in the UK and it is illegal to let them into the wild.
  15. The grey squirrels are known to destroy the habitat of the red squirrels which are smaller.
  16. Squirrels are omnivores feeding on nuts, berries, shoots and insects.
  17. They have their natural predators in Snakes, Coyotes and weasels.
  18. Most squirrel species hibernate in winters and start storing food for that from autumn.
  19. Squirrels are considered to be threatened from extinction today.

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