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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

Squirrel Appreciation Day: Nutty squirrel facts

If you've been feeling a little nutty lately, there may be a reason! Jan. 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day! This annual holiday, created by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove in 2001, celebrates squirrels of all shapes, sizes and hues.

Nutty Squirrel Facts

  • According to National Geographic, there are over 200 species of squirrels around the world.

  • Considered rodents, squirrels mostly munch on nuts, fruit, seeds, flowers, buds and tree sap.

  • If you ever wondered how a squirrel can find his buried nuts, they lick it or rub it before they bury it, which leaves their scent on the nut.

  • Squirrels come in all sorts of colors including brown, red, black and gray. White squirrels are rare.

  • Measuring just five inches long from nose to tail, the African pygmy is the smallest.

  • The Indian giant squirrel measures nearly three feet in length!

  • Flying squirrels don't fly. They glide from tree-to-tree and can leap more than 150 feet!

  • Baby squirrels are born nearly blind and have no teeth or fur.

  • The lifespan of a squirrel can be up to 12 years but many are killed by cars, natural predators and man.

  • A squirrels brain is about the size of a....walnut!

January 21 is also One-Liners Day and National Hugging Day.


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