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Our Top 10 Fun Squirrel Facts

Very few people view squirrels as pests. Unless you’ve dealt with problem squirrels, you probably see these animals as cute, and welcome their presence in your garden. It’s easy to understand this. Despite the damage they cause, squirrels are actually one of nature’s most interesting animals. For example, here are 10 fascinating squirrel facts that you may not know.  

1. Squirrels are diurnal

Here’s an interesting start to our list of squirrel facts. Did you know these animals are diurnal? This means that squirrels are most active during the day, mostly early morning and late afternoon.

2. A squirrel’s nest is called a “drey”

The technical name for a squirrel’s nest is a drey. These are constructed from twigs, and most often found where tree trunks split in two.

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3. Squirrels live in deciduous woodlands

Deciduous trees are those that shed their leaves annually. These include oak, beech, hazel and walnut trees. Squirrels nest in and are attracted to these trees because they eat the nuts and seeds from these species.

4. Squirrels pretend to hide nuts

Squirrels are famously associated with nuts. These are harvested during autumn and are stored in underground larders. According to experts about 25% of this food is actually stolen. To prevent this, squirrels often pretend to hide food. They do this in order to confuse other animals.

5. Squirrels are born blind and hairless

Female squirrels have up to two litters per year. These consist of 3-4 young who reach adulthood after about 8 weeks.

6. There are millions of squirrels in the UK

One of the most interesting squirrel facts is that there are millions of these animals. It’s estimated that there are more than 3 million squirrels in the UK alone. Therefore, it’s no wonder so many people try to deter them.

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7. Squirrels have long lives

Compared to most animals, squirrels live a long time. In optimum conditions, they can live for almost 10 years, although most die in their first year.

8. Albino squirrels also exist

The rarest squirrel is the albino squirrel. However, over the years, only 100 of these squirrels have been spotted.

9. Their teeth never stop growing

Squirrels are classed as rodents, and have many similarities with mice and rats. For example, their front teeth never stop growing.

10. Squirrels listen to birdsong

The last of our squirrel facts is this: squirrels pay attention to birdsong. The reason why they do this is because it helps them detect if predators are near.

Sally

Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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