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Baystate Wildlife | 4 Fascinating Facts About Squirrels

Baystate Wildlife | 4 Fascinating Facts About Squirrels

1. They Are Best in Vocalization and Signals

Like in the movie, squirrels are really great in vocalization. They also use their tails as a signaling device to warn their comrades of potential danger coming.

For example, an Eastern gray squirrel calls – que, que, que, que – with a flick of the tail. This is to inform other squirrels that they are at risk. Image Source: Sciencing

2. There Are Over 200 Species of Squirrel Worldwide

According to Baystate Wildlife, there is a large number of species of squirrel around the world – but there are  4 common species of these creatures that are inhabiting the great land mass of America. The grey squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel, and ground squirrel.

Grey squirrels- these can be found most of the time in the northeastern parts of the country.

Fox squirrels –  these types are the largest one of squirrels. It ranges between 17 and 27 inches of length. These have two shades – one has dark black to gray fur while the other is reddish, orange or tan.

Red squirrels – these are very small in size and they are tree squirrels.  Their color changes depending on the season. It is gray-red when it’s winter and orange-red when it’s summer.

Ground squirrels – they are the smallest type of squirrels that have been mentioned. These squirrels, like any wild animals, can definitely cause a damage to the garden. These species are those that can be normally extinguished by Baystate Wildlife.

3.  Squirrels Are Best in Disguise

Don’t be fooled when you see an all-white or all-black squirrel because they are apparently a gray or fox squirrel that is in cover only. Melanism and albinism can be performed by these witty creatures.

Melanism, according to Wikipedia is “a development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism.”

4. A Flying Squirrel is NOT flying

A Flying Squirrel, says Baystate Wildlife, is not true and believing a squirrel can fly is a huge mistake. Squirrels can actually glide, not fly. Rather of wings, flying squirrels have ‘patagia’ and wrist spurs – that made them look flying when they glide from trees to trees.

Even though squirrels are lovely and so exciting to be a pet, they are also animals that belong to the wildlife. Let’s put them back to their own habitat!

Contact Bay State Wildlife for Additional Help

BayState Wildlife has years of experience in removing squirrels from homes in Massachusetts. If you see a baby squirrel that might have been abandoned, give us a call to learn about the steps to take in dealing with these animals and how we can remove squirrels both safely and humanely. We are proud to serve Westwood, Lexington, Newton, and other areas in Greater Boston.