More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world, with the notable exception of Australia.
Like other rodents, squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing so they don’t wear down from the constant gnawing.
Tree squirrels are the types most commonly recognized, often seen gracefully scampering and leaping from branch to branch.
Other species are ground squirrels that live in burrows or tunnel systems, where some hibernate during the winter season.
Ground squirrels eat nuts, leaves, roots, seeds and other plants.
They also catch and eat small animals, such as insects and caterpillars.
These small mammals must always be wary of predators because they are tasty morsels with few natural defenses, save flight.
Sometimes groups of ground squirrels work together to warn each other of approaching danger with a whistling call.
Tree squirrels are commonly seen everywhere from woodlands to city parks.
Through they are terrific climbers, these squirrels do come to the ground in search of fare such as nuts, acorns, berries and flowers.
They also eat bark, eggs, or baby birds, even tree sap is a delicacy to some species.
Whether they dwell high in a tree, in an underground burrow or in your attic, female squirrels typically give birth to two to eight offspring.
Babies are blind and totally dependent on their mothers for two or three months.
Mothers may have several litters in a year, so most squirrel populations are robust.
Squirrels are very cute and we all love to watch them scamper from tree to tree, but to have a family of them living in your house is not what you want.
They can be dangerous, carry diseases and generally are a “pest.”
If you have a problem with a family of squirrels, call the experts…