Monday, December 19, 2011

Red Squirrel

Red squirrels are a member of the rodent family that are found around the world. They are a tree squirrel, typically nesting in trees, so they prefer woodland habitats. They are smaller then grey squirrels and fox squirrels, the other tree squirrels that we typically see here in Minnesota, but they are noisier and more aggressive when it comes to defending their territory. They are usually found scurrying across the forest floors looking for food. They are omnivores, eating a wide variety including seeds, pine cones, acorns, fruit, bark, flower buds, insects, eggs, nestlings, and mice. They do not hibernate during the winter. Instead they survive the colder months by hording excess food during the summer into hidden caches for times when food is scarce.


Anonymous said...

so cute

Carole Barkett said...

and they are so grumpy when they think you have no business in their part of the forest.

Anonymous said...

He/She is adorable...and plump!

Merry Christmas,