Squirrels are members of what family?
Squirrels are small or medium-size what?
Squirrels are indigenous to what regions?
A: The Americas, Eurasia, and Africa.
Squirrels have been introduced to what continent?
The earliest known squirrels date from what period?
A: The Eocene.
Among living rodent families, squirrels are most closely
related to the mountain beaver and to the what?
Squirrels are generally small animals, ranging in size from
2.8–3.9 in length and just 0.35 oz in weight, to what?
A: 21–29 in long and weighing from 11 to 18 lb.
Squirrels typically have slender bodies, large eyes, and
A: Bushy tails .
What does a squirrels fur feel like?
A: Soft and silky.
In general, the hind limbs are longer than what?
A: The fore limbs.
How many toes do squirrels have on each paw?
A: Four or Five.
Squirrels paws include an often poorly developed what?
Tree squirrels can descend a tree how?
How do squirrels manage to descend a tree head first?
A: They rotate their ankles 180 degrees so the hind paws are backward-pointing
and can grip the tree bark.
Squirrels are predominantly herbivorous, subsisting on
seeds and nuts, but there are still many that will eat what?
A: Insects and even small vertebrates.
Generally, squirrels have an excellent sense of what?
A: Vision, which is especially important for tree-dwelling species.
Squirrels have very versatile and sturdy claws for doing
A: Grasping and climbing.
Squirrels have large gnawing incisors that do what
throughout the squirrels life?
Most squirrels die when?
A: In the first year of life.
Adult squirrels can have a lifespan of how many years?
A: 5 to 10 years in the wild.
How long can some squirrels survive in captivity?
A: 10 to 20 years.
How often do squirrels breed?
A: Once or twice a year.
Squirrels are born naked, toothless, and what?
The Indian palm squirrel is the most common type of
squirrel in what country?
Squirrels cannot digest what?
Squirrels' diets consist primarily of a wide variety of
A: Plants, including nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi, and green
Some squirrels also eat what?
A: Meat, especially when faced with hunger.