Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day! January 21st

National Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 21st

How cuter can a holiday be than celebrating squirrels? Seriously, if you are nutty over squirrels like I am, then this holiday will make you happy!

Squirrel Trivia

  • There are over 200 species of squirrels.
  • In Greek, the word squirrel means shadow tail.
  • Squirrels are on every continent except Australia and Antarctica
  • Squirrels can find snow buried under two feet of snow because of their good sense of smell.
  • In the 1800’s squirrels, along with starlings and sparrows, were introduced to city parks to add entertainment.
  • A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing. They keep them at a reasonable length by gnawing on things.
  • Squirrels like to bury their food for winter months when it’s harder to find but often times other squirrels will steal it first!
  • To escape predators like hawks, squirrels run in zigzag patterns.
  • A Ground squirrel is only pregnant between 25 to 30 days.
  • Newborn squirrels are only an inch long!
  • Have you ever seen a squirrel laying flat on their belly on a tree branch? They do this to cool off when it’s hot out because laying on a cool flat surface helps the squirrel cool down by dissipating body heat.
  • Squirrels back legs are double jointed which helps them run up and down trees easily.
  • The average weight for a squirrel is 1.5 lbs.
  • Squirrels can fall from 30 meters high, without hurting themselves.
  • Squirrels can jump a distance of up to 20 feet.
  • Most squirrels run about 10 miles and hour but a couple have been captured at 20 mph.
  • Squirrels eyes are positioned so that they can see behind them.
  • The city of Longview, Washington, has a bridge named Nutty Narrows. Longview holds an annual Squirrel Fest in August every year.
  • The oldest squirrel fossil ever found is about 11.6 million years old.
  • Squirrels life span is about 5 to 10 years in the wild.
  • They used real trained squirrels in the making of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Cute Squirrel Pictures

As I’ve said, I LOVE squirrels! Here are some of the pictures I have taken of these cute little creatures.

We even have a Collection of Squirrel Merch in our Gift Shop

Sources for this article: Wildlifeimages.org, Popular Science, Summit

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