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FYI: Squirrels

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Squirrels are so very cute, especially when they sit upright munching a nut and peering at us with their bright eyes. Let’s find out more about these cheeky creatures.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Cute as they are, squirrels are actually rodents, putting them in the same family as mice and rats! The rodent family is a huge family — actually the biggest mammal family, with over 1,650 species, making up 40 percent of all mammals. Squirrels are part of a sub-family, which includes both tree and ground squirrels, as well as flying squirrels, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks. Squirrels are found in Europe, Asia, America, and Africa. Depending on the species, many squirrels prefer to live in forests, but you can often spot them in the local city parks too — and sometimes in your backyard!

 

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