What You Need To Know About Squirrels...

From National Geographic

COMMON NAME: Squirrels
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sciuridae
TYPE: Mammals
DIET: Omnivore
GROUP NAME: Scurry, dray
SIZE: Five to 36 inches
WEIGHT: 0.5 ounces to four pounds
SIZE RELATIVE TO A TEACUP:
 
 

Squirrels are familiar to almost everyone. More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world, with the notable exception of Australia.

Differences Between Species

The tiniest squirrel is the aptly named African pygmy squirrel—only five inches long from nose to tail. Others reach sizes shocking to those who are only familiar with common tree squirrels. The Indian giant squirrel is three feet long.

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 burrow or tunnel systems, where some hibernate during the winter season.