Did you know that a squirrel was a rodent? No, I didn't know! Ok so I just thought they were these little cute critters that I watch everyday playing in my yard chasing each other from tree to tree. Did you know that pocupines, prairie dogs, beavers, woodchucks, and chipmunks are also rodents? Yeah can you totally believe that? They are not listed as little cute critters they are rodents.
Did you know that a squirrel just isn't a squirrel? I mean there are gray squirrels, red squirrels, fox squirrels, Douglas' squirrels, Abert's squirrels, kaibab squirrels, flying squirrels, rock squirrels, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, and golden -manteled ground squirrels. Oh my so many to keep up with!
Did you know that a gray squirrel can run on the ground more than 12 miles per hour, and up or down a tree almost as fast? Or a gray squirrel's top front teeth grow about 6 inches a year so it has to chew to keep them worn down? I didn't know!!!!
Did you know that the besides nuts, berries, seeds, mushrooms, and corn that the gray squirrel likes to eat caterpillars? YUCK! And that its favorite spring treat is the sweet icicles of sap from frozen maple trees? Geez the poor little guys that live around us don't get to have that it's not that often it gets cold enough here.
That is what we have learned about squirrels so far. We have the gray squirrel here that we watch daily playing around us. That our cats love to watch and try to catch. That our dogs love to chase up the trees. Oh yes it's an exciting time around here with the squirrels.
What kind of squirrel do you have in your area? Oh and by the way if you should happen to have the Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel in your area you need to watch it carefully!!! I'm telling you people if you have that squirrel you better watch it because legend has it that where the golden-mantled ground squirrel plays there is gold to be found.
Take Care :)