Squirrel Facts



  • Grey squirrels have been known to kill and eat rabbits, rats, cockerels and stoats.
  • Flying squirrels are nocturnal, and when gliding may emit high-pitched squeaks that help them to locate a landing place.
  • North American red squirrels tap birch and maple trees for their sweet sap in spring.
  • Many squirrel species spread woodland trees by burying nuts and then forgetting where they put them.
  • The North American red squirrel, or chicaree, buries green pine cones in damp soil to delay their ripening until they are needed.
  • The largest member of the squirrel family is the alpine marmot, at 73 cm long not including the tail.
  • Southeast Asian giant squirrels prefer to hang upside down by their hind feet while eating.
  • Chipmunks, or ground squirrels, store huge quantities of nuts in a single cache.
  • To prevent it slipping backwards down a tree trunk, the scaly-tailed flying squirrel presses the horny scales of its tail against the trunk.
  • An adult red squirrel can sniff out a pine cone buried 30 cm deep.
  • The chipmunk is one of the most common small mammals in North America.
  • The squirrel’s bushy tail is a good balancing aid and rudder when climbing and leaping.