Squirrels: Did You Know?

Do you ever wonder about squirrels? Did you bond with Bullwinkle’s Rocky? Here’s some research on squirrels.

I watch squirrels sometimes. Saw a squirrel moving its tail in different patterns, almost like using its tail to communicate, and I started wondering about squirrel communication.

I’m told by online research that squirrels communicate with a series of chirps (these chirps can show “laughter or alarm”).

However, did you know?

  • There are over 365 species of squirrels!
  • Squirrels are the cleanest of the Rodentia family!
  • A squirrel’s nest is called a “drey.”
  • Squirrels are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Let’s say squirrels have their own diaspora.

Included in these species are:

  • Flying squirrel.
  • Ground squirrel: These include prairie dogs, woodchucks, and chipmunks. Yes, these are squirrels.
  • Tree squirrel:

    The squirrels with the large bushy tails are the tree squirrels.

  • Gray squirrel: How many colors is the gray squirrel?
  • Red squirrel: What color is the red squirrel?
  • Albino squirrel.
  • White squirrel.

Many of these squirrels, if you’re a squirrel watcher, appear to be all of these, ground, flying, and tree squirrels.

Sounds a little like Forrest Gump, except we’re talking squirrels.

To learn these and other facts about squirrels, including mating season and mating rituals, or how squirrels clean their teeth, go to

squirrels.org.

You can also learn all about squirrels in

Wikipedia.

Here you can find the Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family of squirrels.

You can find the philology (word origin) and history of squirrels. Information on squirrels for hunting and food (not recommended by vegans and vegetarians), notes on feeding or not feeding the squirrels, the relationship between squirrels and power outages, including “high tech” NASDAQ, squirrels and popular culture, and squirrels as popular cartoon and children’s book characters. And possibly why most of us like squirrels. Did we bond with them as children?

Of course, our most famous cartoon squirrels is Bullwinkle’s Rocky.

For more information on squirrels, put “squirrels” in your search engine.

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  1. zubrowka writer Says...

    On June 10, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Dear Jane
    i note you are giving advice about writing novels. As one philologue to another may I remind you that “Philology” actually means “love of speech and arguments”. Could you perhaps mean “etymology”?
    Anyway, thanks for the info on squirrels.


  2. Liane Schmidt Says...

    On November 13, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Interesting article, thanks for sharing it.

    Best wishes.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.


  3. Skyler Barinstein Says...

    On August 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I didn’t now so much about squirrels. great info. thanks!


  4. Ben Sorom Says...

    On May 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    i didnt know any of this stuff i is stupidddd.


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