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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Squirrel funny

Who can be mad at that face? Yeah I mean he's always mad at me, saying some rude things right through the glass, but he's just so cute! Small but aggressive, red squirrels are most at home in conifer forests where they prefer a diet of cones supplemented with a variety of seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, truffles and other fungi. Perhaps like many other animals around the world, he's angry because his forest home has been cut down and he's had to settle into a subdivision.

As fall approaches they become highly active all day in preparation for the food shortages. They will store up green pine cones in piles or middens under logs, at the base of trees and underground. As the temperatures drop, squirrels become less active. They will hole up in hollow trees, bird houses, leaf nests or occasionally underground nests. Hopefully not the attic.

On average only 22% survive one year. If they do make their first year, life expectancy increases to an average of 2.3 years and with a maximum lifespan of eight years.

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1 comment:

Jocelyn said...

Very interesting! We love the red squirrels the most, on our walks.