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Intro to Squirrels 103: "Little Known Facts About Squirrels"

Here are some interesting facts about squirrels:

  • Squirrels can jump a distance of up to 20 feet. They have long, muscular hind legs and short front legs that work together to aid in leaping.
  • The hind legs of squirrels are double-jointed. This helps them run up and down trees quickly.
  • A male squirrel can smell a female in heat up to a mile away. Mating season is February through May with a 44-day gestation period. Typically 2-4 young are born per liter.
  • Squirrels have 5 toes on their back feet and 4 toes on their front. Their front toes are very sharp and help in gripping tree bark for climbing.
  • In addition to residing in the Eastern US, Eastern Gray Squirrels can be found in many Western states, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa.
  • Squirrels in general are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
  • Squirrels can eat their own body weight (approximately 1.5 pounds) every week.
  • Squirrels can fall up to 100 feet without hurting themselves. They'll use their tail both for balance and as a parachute.
  • The hibernating artic ground squirrel is the only warm-blooded mammal able to withstand body temperatures below freezing.
  • Squirrels eyes are positioned in such a way that they can see some things behind them.
  • The word "squirrel" means "shadow tail" in Greek.

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