Facts That Will Make You Like Squirrels Even More


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Squirrels are Acrobatic, Intelligent and Adaptable.

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If you’re not convinced, try to hang a bird feeder without these bandits giving you a challenge.

They Get Bulky to Stay Warm During the Winter

Putting on some extra weight is one strategy squirrels use to stay warm during the cold winter months.

Squirrels Can Find Food Buried Beneath a Foot of Snow.

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Food is important during the cold winter months for squirrels. It makes sense, therefore, that some species are able to smell food under a foot of snow. The squirrel will then dig a tunnel under the snow, following the scent to their (or another squirrel’s) buried treasure.

Squirrels Do Not Dig Up All of Their Buried Nuts, Which Results In More Trees

They have accidentally contributed countless trees to our nation’s forests. That is one great reason to appreciate squirrels.

Squirrels May Pretend to Bury a Nut to Throw Off Potential Thieves.

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Squirrels have been observed engaging in “deceptive caching.” This is where a squirrel digs a hole and vigorously covers it up again, but without depositing the nut. It seems this is done to throw off potential food thieves.

They Zigzag to Escape Predators.

When squirrels feel threatened, they run away in a zigzag pattern. This is an incredibly useful strategy to escape hawks and other predators. Unfortunately, it does not work so well on cars. Consider slowing down and giving squirrels a brake.

 

 

 

Source: nwf

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