Twelve things about Squirrels that will blow your mind

Squirrels rule. Here’s why:


Where have you been all my life?

I’ve tried to explain my love of squirrels to folks before, only to watch them back away slowly and speed dial their doctor for a rabies vaccine. So here it is (with pictures), twelve amazing facts about squirrels for the uninitiated.

1) There’s a squirrel superhero: Squirrel Girl! (And Ulysses –the squirrel superhero from Kate DiCamillo’s fabulous Flora and Ulysses, who writes poems!).

2) Squirrels can jump vertically five feet, and can leap between objects that are over ten feet apart. Given that squirrels are less than 1/10th the size of people, if you could do this, you would be a superhero who could literally jump onto five story buildings and clear buses and trucks in a single bound.

3) Squirrels can sprint faster than you. (Unless you’re Usain Bolt, in which case you’re probably faster than a squirrel. But can you run vertically up a tree at 12 mph? I didn’t think so.)

Twiggy has experienced more in two squirrel years than most people do in a lifetime.

Twiggy has experienced more in two squirrel years than most people do in a lifetime.

4) Squirrels are good swimmers, although they usually prefer not to. Except for Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel.

Rare Oberlin Unicorn squirrel.

Albus, the rare Oberlin unicorn squirrel.

5) The college I went to had a rare white unicorn squirrel in its central square. I saw it once, and it was one of the best days of my life.tumblr_m2s6z0PdWp1qgugy6o1_500

Moments later there was nothing left but bones. (Image from Brian Ashcraft)

Moments later there was nothing left but bones. (Image from Brian Ashcraft)

6) In Japan, there are squirrel gardens (where you can pet squirrels with oven mitts).

7) The white fur on the inner thigh of a squirrel is the softest thing you have never touched.

8) Squirrels pull out their tail fur for their young.

9) A squirrel nest is called a drey. It looks like a leafy piñata in a tree, but please don’t hit it with a stick.

10) Squirrels in North America used to migrate in massive numbers, following the cycles of bountiful acorn harvests. When settlers first arrived in this country, they reported squirrels being so thick in the trees above during a migration that they blocked out the sun for days. The best part — squirrels could do most of the journey from the East coast to Indiana without ever touching the ground. But as settlers started to clear the forests, the great squirrel migrations became fragmented. Where squirrels had to cross fields, they were killed in the thousands by coyotes, foxes, and other predators, including people who reported killing hundreds of squirrels per hour with clubs (and getting a penny a pelt). The last great squirrel migration was in 1963 in Wisconsin, when a couple million squirrels were seen migrating (and dying on the highway and in lakes). One fisherman reported a wave of squirrels swimming toward his boat and nearly sinking it as they ran over him. Since then, this mass migration behavior has gone extinct.*

11) The Japanese flying squirrel is the cutest thing you have ever seen. (If this doesn’t win you over to the squirrel side of the force, then try number 12).

Laugh not. We ate a dog.

Laugh not. We ate a dog.

12) Squirrels have been known to gang up and attack much larger animals. Don’t believe me? Check out this BBC report of squirrels in Russia who killed a large Rottweiler that barked at them and “carried off pieces of its flesh.” The moral: don’t mess with squirrels!

And we can fly too!

And we can fly too!

*Okay, this post might seem to have very little to do with writing (except for the fact that squirrels are awesome, and therefore an inspiration to every writer ever) but for years I’ve wanted to write a book on squirrel migration (see #10). Trouble is, when I tried to research it, I found that very few biologists know about this behavior, and one of the leading experts, Dr. Flygar, (yes, that really is his name) I fear has passed away. So it’s been a tough one to investigate, but if you know any experts on squirrel migration, or migration witnesses, please send me their contact information. The wonder of squirrel migrations must be documented before all knowledge of this fantastic (and now extinct) behavior fades away!

Final note: There is a Squirrel Lovers Club. Don’t judge. Just join.


  1. Amie A. Conant says:

    Love this post! I’m glad to find another lover of squirrels. When I started my degree, 26 years ago, for photography the first two weeks– were all pictures of squirrels. Also created a poem about squirrels last year. When I was a child, my grandparents had a white squirrel on their farm, which was fascinating to me.

    • Squirrel poetry! Please share!

      • Amie A. Conant says:


        queer, hairy, creatures
        shuffling, shambling, wallowing
        no bones in their bodies

        discover a good way
        to avoid admiring only acorns.

        wrapped in skins of sage rabbits
        the dirt old and thick
        strangely blurred
        divided by seams
        and wrinkles worn to the weather
        for ages.

        pass a circle
        closely besieged
        begged whiskey
        tobacco, to get away
        from the gray, grim

        see them vanish
        fellow beings—
        [not] the society of squirrels and woodchucks

        (words from John Muir’s “First Summer in the Sierras” August 24, 1869)

        This is an erasure poem–I left out words and then arranged them. As part of an exercise in poetry 412 class with Dr. Steensen. The fascinating part was the dichotomous difference between the way that John Muir described people –the native Americans, and the animals– such as squirrels.

  2. A squirrel just destroyed my supposedly squirrel proof bird feeder.

  3. Don’t forget Red Squirrels. Red Squirrels are gorgeous.
    One of them started the Tufty Club!*
    Tufty has kept thousand of children safe on the roads since the 1960s in Britain.
    * Probably with the help of some people, but, whatever

  4. Squirrels cook says:

    Per #6, where would one find Japanese oven mitts for squirrels? And who puts them on the squirrels? And how do they get them to stay on? So many questions.

  5. This made me laugh, but it made my husband cringe. I’m pretty sure one of the main reasons he gets up in the morning, is to make our neighborhood squirrels’ lives a living hell. He has a long history of battling squirrels and a vast majority of his day is occupied patrolling the bird feeder outside his office window. Thanks to this post, Todd, he’s now afraid to let our 95-lb boxer outside…

  6. Anyone ever see a BBC (or PBS) documentary film about a squirrel in England who was raised by a cat, and would bury nuts in the litterbox, and play with the other kittens? I think it was from the 70’s or 80’s. I saw it on late night TV years ago (after a big night out), and have been searching for it ever since. I think the squirrel’s name may have been Sammy. It was an incredible story. Needs to be a picture book.

  7. Here it is. Many thanks to Ronald Cree for finding this. It’s the best documentary ever!

  8. I zig-zagged my way to this site, in attempts to find information on a squirrel’s ability to survive a nest being blown out of a tree. I just spent my Sunday between tears and panic, over the duscovery that my beloved squirrels’ nest was gone, from the house that we recently moved from, when I went back to visit them. My landlord swears that she knows nothing of an “active removal.” Thank you for making me feel less insane and isolated in my true love for my squirrels. Madison, Wi weather was brutal, dueing the week after we moved. I can only hope.

  9. sallie keaton says:

    I have always enjoyed watching the squirrels dart here and there and hung upside down by their tails to eat out of my bird feeder. but my like of squirrels turned into my love of squirrels last October. my son cut down a dead tree in our yard, went in to eat lunch came back out to stack wood and heard a squeaking noise didn’t see anything but went and got his dad to help him look for the source, after awhile they found 1 tiny hairless pink thing no bigger than my thumb, upon looking more they found 2 others (they were not sure what they were still), looked online decided they were squirrels maybe a day old, I stopped on my way home from work and hot puppy formula and a little bottle, read a ton of information, kept them warm, them around the clock EVERY 2 hours….they were so gross little pink wrinkly skin and long tails (Ewwww). I made little tiny blankets and swaddled them to feed them (they had long nails) , after a few days of this I fell totally completely in love with Sandy, Mandy & Randy (they were now my babies) unfortunately Randy passed away, I cried for days, squirrels are unable to maintain their body temperature when they are hairless babies and in spite of my getting up every 30 minutes to check their warmth, Randy didn’t make it..We have had a farm and have lost animals before but for some reason Randy’s death just devastated me..I have taken excellent care of Sandy and Mandy but not handling them as much as I could because I had ever intention of releasing them when they got about 3 months old, but it was cold out and I still felt they needed me. they are now 7 months old and just the highlight of my days, they never cease to make me smile. I am now unable to release them because I’m afraid they will get run over, shot or not be able to find enough food and water. they have a big cage and I release them in my bathroom every few days and let them run and jump around..They like to eat ice, avocados, carrot, blueberries, and corn and pecans, and other things but those are their favorites. They let me pet them and rub their bellies in the cage but when they are out they are wild and crazy jumping from one place to the other. Love my girls. Enjoyed your post.

    • Stephanie Gill says:

      Im raising a 5 month old boy squirrel named Roscoe. Hes the light of my day. Noone seems to understand my huge amount of love i have for this little creature. But hes my baby and he loves me and needs me as much as i need him!! Nice to know someone else feels this way too.

  10. David Pink says:

    Squirrels are for sure fascinating animals. They chase each other 10 miles an hour around a 6 foot diameter oak tree. Some times they must dig up a hundred holes to look for a pecan nut. I still can’t figure out how they know that August 15 on their squirrel calendar to come to my pecan tree to start eating my pecans. At that date the acid in a pecan will kill a human child. The pecans are not edible to humans till about Sept 15th or later.
    My tree has aluminum sheeting on first 6″ of 2 foot dia. tree. I cut all limbs on trees around it. One tree the limbs grew back in ten years and now they only have to jump 8 feet between trees 65 feet up. If they fall with a big thump they just get up in 2 seconds and scrabble off. My 90′ pecan tree is a wild one and with lots of oil in its small size nut. I have never tasted pecans so good anywhere else. Problem is if you kill off the squirrels the Blue jays will stash the rest like they return every 15 min. The woodpeckers take their share to stash, and I’ve seen crows snatching them with out landing on tree.
    One year 2004 I borrowed a Rockrowler dog on a line to keep the squirrels away and got 47 pecans, then hurricane Ivan gave me 77 but a week later the blue jays came and they took the rest.. Anouther year 2012 Hurricane Isaac came at the right time and I got a 5gal bucket full.
    It was 6 years before I discovered that the tree bore nuts, because it was 90′ tall. Hur, Katrina knocked off 40″,but has re-grown limbs back. Tree very thin because at edge of woods. One year 2003 I saw the tree was full of nuts, that was Wednesday, I checked Saturday after work and behold the tree was empty with only a few green ones on the ground. One pecan tree up the street I counted 25 squirrels zooming around picking nuts, so that many working 15 hours a day. They kept my wife up at night with all their chewing.
    How good is their eye sight or how good they know there surroundings?
    Sometimes I open front door and as I’m walking across grass to next door, a squirrel across the street about 300 ft away in woods yells a warning to others I’m around. We have painted the tails of squirrels and taken them 1000″ away in woods, and some are seen back the next day in the tree.
    I can see my tree from back door at corner of door, but the second I look at them eating the fallen green nuts they jump on 4′ dia. fallen oak tree, then go up a tree. If I pull back my towels in bathroom window side facing tree say one inch so I can put my eyeball threw they see me in a few split seconds and they are a minimum of 170 feet away.
    The 1st year squirrels are not very smart, A squirrel will go after a nut till he dies, you can chase him off, but will be back shortly, I think squirrel talk to each other, can tell others where the nuts are as in great migration movements of long ago. It’s like migration of Monarch butterflies, all the kin folk always migrate at certain seasons. Reindeer and wildebeests know where the grass is greener at certain times of the year, so did squirrels.

  11. Bob Holmes says:

    I have been feeding my tree squirrels for two or three years and am madly in love with them all. I buy unsalted roasted peanuts from Costco and they absolutely love them. Before I started feeding them, some had sparse tail fur and irregular growth around their little bodies. After several months of daily feeding, they are filled in and nicely plump. I just love their antics and can watch them for hours.
    They will come looking for food when I whistle and “cluck” for them. I say “cluck” because that is the closest sound in trying to emulate squirrel talk.
    If I am late feeding them, the boss squiurrel will come on my back steps and look inside for me.
    I love these little creatures and they make my life more complete.

    • Thanks for your comment about the squirrels. I love watching them as well, and picturing the “boss” squirrel clucking for you cracked me up.

  12. I’m doing a project and I was just wondering if you knew how many hairs a squirrel has.

  13. I am doing a project for a class and I was wondering if you knew how many hairs a squirrel has

    • Great question! I have no idea. A wildlife Biologist might be able to give you an estimate on this. What I do know is that when you see a squirrel without much hair on its tail, it’s often because the squirrel pulled out its tail fur to line the inside of its drey, or nest, for its young. There’s nothing softer than a squirrel fur bed!

  14. The concept of squirrel migration is fascinating! I mean, never needing to touch the ground, blocking out the sun’s rays with their numbers…It is both the coolest sounding thing I’ve heard in a while, and the saddest, considering they don’t have these opportunities anymore.

    Not a hater, but not loving them either, as they create chaos when my dumb (wonderful) dog goes ballistic, scaring the crap out of me.


  15. Do squirrels gave feelings????

  16. Erin T. Aardvark says:

    I only have one thing to say about the pic of the Japanese Flying Squirrels. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

    (believe me, when I say “squee” like that, it means I’m in love with utter cuteness)

  17. Erin T. Aardvark says:

    Forgive the spamming-esque, but I just thought of something else. One of my favorite cartoon characters is a squirrel.

  18. karen gautier says:

    When we go to the park to feed them .They seem to have bad eyesight .can’t see the nuts when there close up

    • Hi
      I believe they find the nuts primarily by smell. Their eyes are for protecting them from predators at a distance. Try this: In there presents, accentuate your blinking by doing so slowly and evenly. Our little buddies recognize this behavior as non-threatening. I started doing this and the result is amazing. When you think about it, predators stare at their prey. Even the new juveniles come right up and don’t appear to fear me in any way. They make my day, every day! I LOVE these little guys, What a hoot at dinner time!

  19. I live in Florida and we have neighborhood squirrels that love to come around in the mornings and evenings looking for hand outs. I feed them standard nuts I buy from Publix. Some will come right to my feet while others will stay at a distance. What I can’t stand is these Blue Jays that fly down and “steal” them. Anyway to put a halt to the thievery? Thanks!

    • Hi
      I have fashioned a semi-jay proof squirrel diner out of an old plastic laundry basket. I turn the basket upside down with the front edge resting on a brick and the squirrels shinny underneath for their meal of peanuts. BTW, ever notice the symbiotic way crows and squirrels watch out for each other? The crows will herald the approach of a predator and the squirrels disappear. Occasionally, I will toss stale bread out for the birds and the squirrels will cluck for the crows and they show up. Cute!

  20. Question. When you approach a squirrel, and they run from you, why do they always jump to the back side of a tree?

  21. SteadySteve says:

    I never knew how smart a grey squirrel was until I became the owner of two that fell out of the nest and was about to be tortured to death by a cat. When I got them home hardly any hair and eyes closed. My wife bottle fead them every couple hour’s and a year later they have there own bedroom and roam through the house a couple time’s a day,and have become a part of the family and a very good pet sometimes I think I’m the pet. As for interaction with people just me my wife and 3 year old grandson who lives with us are allowed to touch them most of the time when company is over they hide in there room but if messed with will growl and lunge at strangers and will not be intimidated. Just wanted to add they are a crazy animal and I am looking forward to many year’s of there company.

  22. Kate Leven Patterson says:

    Sparky, my own personal squirrel, comes to either our front or side door every single morning for his breakfast. I always have Ritz crackers and peanut butter ready for him, or her, I can’t really tell LOL. So I speak and I say, “Okay Sparky. Mama is here.” I say it in a very lilting, sing-song voice. He has no fear and comes right up to me and stands up on his two hindividuals legs. Then I hold out the cracker with the peanut butter and he very delicately takes it in his mouth and scampers off. He goes into the tree in our front yard and has his first course. Then he comes for a second serving. We do this every single morning, particularly here in the Detroit area where it gets so darn cold. Anyway, that’s my Sparky. I love squirrels.

  23. I was watching the squirrels in my backyard today…they were so comical. One was chasing another up and down and around the trees, clucking the whole time. I stayed perfectly still.
    I’ve read that they also communicate with their tails. And leaping lizards, can they jump.
    Little acrobats and so funny to watch. Thank you, God for providing humorous nature!

  24. Charles Downum says:

    can A squirrel go backwards

  25. Faith Sullo says:

    outsmart me everytime

  26. Rene Mayo says:

    I live in a senior park with lots of trees and lots of grey squirrels. I’m lucky enough to have two big oaks about 10 ft. from my front windows and firs and cedars out back. I don’t feed the squirrels but when it gets warm I keep a big planter tray full of fresh water for squirrels and all types of small birds that like to come take a bath. I love watching from living room chair. I’ve been enjoying this for the 6 years I’ve lived here.
    About a month ago I watched what I assumed was family of 5-6 squirrels running madly around on my downhill neighbor’s roof. They ran as though connected, like a chain, or a train. Around and around they went, up and over the roof, then back again, then leaping onto the big pine branch closest to the roof. I was spellbound. I’d never seen anything like it. It was like watching synchronized swimming.
    One of my favorite things has been watching the squirrels out my bedroom window when I wake in the morning.
    I write today because all of the squirrels are gone … I just realized I haven’t seen one for many days. They have just disappeared, and I miss them, and am concerned. I haven’t seen even one in the park for a couple weeks, and ordinarily I have to drive slowly to avoid running them over, they are such little morons in the street.
    Does anyone have any information or thoughts about the sudden disappearance of my little buddies? I’ve just started doing a little research into squirrel behavior, and I guess they do migrate. Thankfully I haven’t found any little dead bodies. They’re just gone, and the trees are quiet.

  27. Wayne Fenwick says:

    Why do squirrels spend so much time just sitting in roadways?

  28. I bottlefed a baby squirrel whose tree was destroyed by my arborist fiancé. The little devil thrived with bottle feedings and a variety of fruits, veggies, and nuts. We intended to release him, but have become afraid he would be killed by cats/dogs and I have to admit, I love the little monster. Even though he loves to run amok on my vanity, eating my Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil and lipstick, urinating on my Lancome lipsticks, and smearing poop all over its surface. I just found my semi-destroyed house deed in a nest he made atop a highboy dresser in our bedroom. He takes the oddest things into his nest; I found one of our Fire alarms in it yesterday. Today he actually opened a drawer of my jewelry chest and pulled out an earring! Are squirrels to anyone’s knowledge hoarders or kleptos? I’ve heard the term “squirreling away”, but always assumed that meant nuts. I have to say, this little devil (Miniboo Tinkerton) makes me smile and laugh every single day and I will tolerate his antics and messes because I adore him. To save my sanity, we are now building him a large enclosure in our living room, safe from our cats and dog. I’d never seen a baby squirrel in my 53 years of life, and I find him to be a most fascinating and endearing creature!!

  29. I love feeding and watching back yard squirrels at their box feeder. We went on vacation now they don’t show up. Will they come back?

  30. I had one that would come up to me and beg for peanuts. I called it “Notch” because it was missing a notch out of it’s ear. When another squirrel was chasing it, it came up to me, knowing that the other squirrel wouldn’t go near me. Once it took a peanut from my hand- they have very sharp claws. Then it disappeared. That was a few years back. Now I have a new one that’s always bugging me for peanuts. I came here because I was wondering about their eyesight, also. I’ll throw a peanut right near it and it’s like it didn’t see it, and has to search for it.
    My wife knew some people that always fed squirrels and they would climb right up and get peanuts out of their shirt pockets.

    • Squirrels have amazing eyesight !!! It could have vision problems but it could also just be messing with you, they are super smart and if it causes you to give him another nut…well it works 🤣

  31. naomi cohen says:

    thank you, Todd!
    YOU are my hero, simply because of your love of squirrels.
    I, too, am a squirrel lover, also a vegan, also an animal activist.
    reading all the information you have supplied has made my day.
    i feed walnuts to “my” squirrels in the park where i live, which, by the way, is now illegal, I got a summons a couple of weeks ago. can’t figure it out. why is it against the law?
    anyway, that doesn’t stop me. i am still there every day. first i check for cops, of course.
    much love to you and your huge heart.

  32. Just wanted to let you all know there is a HUGE squirrel loving community on instagram!!! I definitely suggest looking into them!!!! You can start with this_girl_is_a_squirrel and go from there! I have a beautiful sweet eastern gray who just celebrated his first birthday!!! Anyone who takes the time to learn about these amazing animals is sure to find love for them. Feel free to message me @opietheopossum if you’d like some more suggestions or just wanna stop in and check out the most handsome opossum that ever lived 🤗🤗

    • Stephanie Gill says:

      Im raising a 5 month old boy squirrel named Roscoe. Hes the light of my day. Noone seems to understand my huge amount of love i have for this little creature. But hes my baby and he loves me and needs me as much as i need him!! Nice to know someone else feels this way too. I really love to see others who love them like i do

  33. Franklin Pattison says:

    I have lived in my house for over 12 years and I have two pecan trees that are absolutely full of pecans each year. This year I have terminated the lives of at least 88 squirrels. I feel bad but they have been in my attic of my house causing damage as well. This year I’ve got at least 30 lbs of pecans. My question is, as soon as I think I’ve got them all I see another 4 show up on the scene a day later. I’m in a very urban area of San Antonio. My neighborhood is surrounded by highways. Do these squirrels migrate to other areas as their pack grows? How many more am I going to have to terminate in order to enjoy my pecan tree without feeling bad!

  34. Lots of squirrel poems; I am doing a presentation tomorrow morning (11/18/17) at the Milford, Ma library; doing a squirrel poetry and story reading. Note to pecan grower in San Antonio; what can I say? squirrels just naturally love nuts! Here goes:
    Squirrel Portraits
    A young gray squirrel perches on a red oak tree
    Standing sentinel by a bubbling brook
    Watching life’s mysteries float by
    A wise Abert’s squirrel
    His white belly pressed against a live oak
    Solemnly watching the country lane below
    Preparing for the transforming seasons
    An agitated red squirrel
    Poised on a moss-covered roack
    On alert for gray squirrel incursions
    Not ready to cede its ground
    An impertinent chipmunk
    Flitting and scampering between a row of rocks
    Quick as the wind on a spring day
    Forever on the move in this brief moment of time

  35. In 2010 where I went to deer camp the squirrels were everywhere they were so thick they were running across my legs my step dad told me every so many years they swim the lake and r super thick.

    • Carry, this sounds like the squirrel migration behavior I mentioned in the above post (number 10). I know deer camps often best kept secret, but would you be willing to tell me what state or area this was in?

  36. I have a squirrel that comes to my balcony nearly ever day, and so I started leaving some peanuts before leaving for work in the morning and found them to be gone by evening. Then couple of weekends back I kept my balcony door open on a Saturday, and kept some peanuts in the balcony and some just inside the door. The squirrel came inside the door and cutely stood there on its hind legs munching down the peanuts one by one. Then, last Saturday I took some peanuts in my hand and stretched out my hand sitting down on my carpet just inside my balcony door. The squirrel came and realized I was offering something so it came near my hand very apprehensive and skittish. First it thought my finger was a peanut so it tried to take that, but realized it was not. Then, he started sniffing in my palm and found peanuts which he started taking one by one and stood there on its hind legs eating them less than a centimeter from my hand. Now it’s got so used to feeding from my hand that the moment I sit on the floor with my arm out, he comes to my palm, at times still a bit skittish (I guess that is his natural instinct and resoonse), puts his left front on my hand and leans in with his mouth to pick up the peanuts and eat them. He is so adorable. I look forward to feeding him everyday, and get tremendous joy and satisfaction when he sits besides me and puts his feet in my palm and eats the peanuts. He even licks the peanut crumbs out of my hand with his cute little tongue. At times, he stretches up and looks into my eyes while eating.

  37. Kathryn Cooper says:

    Todd, this is the best we are Arborist’s and fell trees, we have rescued many a squirrel. This fall we rescued a squirrel who fell out of a tree. A dog then picked it up and punctured his head,his back legs was ripped open and a big punctured hole under his front arm he was a bloody mess. We fondly named him Crinkle. His brother died overnight, he was the un harmed one, no dog wounds but… Well I got goat milk and fed Crinkle every 2 hours. He opened his eyes on the great American eclipse so cool, but and experienced squirrel saver I knew he would soon be weaned and then they tend to get nasty and bite. Crinkle does not and has not. He is so sweet and has attached to my husband how fitting both great tree climbers I guess they are kindred spirits. I will send you pictures if you send me your e mail

    • Dear Kathryn,
      Thank you for telling me about Crinkle, and your rescue and raising of him. Stories like this fill my heart with hope. I’d love to see a picture or two of him if you’re willing to share them. My email is ToddMitchellBooks (at)

      Happy Holidays!

  38. Doug Adams says:

    I remember a squirrel migration in, I believe, 1969. My uncle saw them swimming the Ohio River near Cincinnati, Ohio and called me. Sure enough in a week we had squirrels everywhere in south eastern, Kentucky.

    • Wow! Thanks for telling me about this. The last great squirrel migration I knew of was in Wisconsin in 1967 (I think –need to look up that date again). Over a million squirrels were recorded as being on the move together at once.

  39. We have a squirrel house and lots of feeders. We have numerous squirrels who come daily. We’ve seen mom and dad and their babies… However, there is one grown squirrel who has no hair on it’s tail. I know parents do this for their young, but this squirrel has none and it’s been this way for the 4-5 mos. we’ve been watching? What might that mean?

  40. It’s nice to know that other people share my love for these little guys.They are cute little fur balls but tough and quick at the same time.I have read not to feed them because they find their own food but they seem to come out to greet me and my peanuts more aggressively when it’s cold or/& snowy. I’ve read that rabies in squirrels are virtually non existent which is nice for those of us that choose to feed them by hand.They will bite sometimes though by no fault of our own.I was bit once when a squirrel was confused because I offered a small nut after giving it a series of large ones.It’s bite looked like 3 dots shaped like a triangle and felt like glass.I live in NYC and feed them in East River Park which is a little oasis between the FDR highway and the East river.They seem to know who I am and want me to feed them by hand but after getting bit I’ll admire them from a few feet away.Sometimes I see a Red Tailed Hawk and they don’t come out… I guess sometimes they slip up.yea they seem to come over to me even when I drop food in a place they know about…My apt’s too small for a cat they’re my pets…Joe City

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