Red Squirrel

Red squirrel

Genus: Tamiasciurus
Species: hudsonicus

Description: They are small tree squirrels with a length of about 12 inches. They have rust, red or grayish fur with a white belly. Sometimes a black stripe can be seen on the sides. 

The most noticeable characteristics of the red squirrel are the tail and the eye-ring. The tail is bushy and dark red with hints of a white outline. The eye-ring is a thick, white circle around the black eyes.

Red squirrels can be found in coniferous forests throughout the United States. They mainly feed on the seeds and cones of evergreen trees; however, they will also eat bird eggs, berries and fruit when they are available.

Red squirrels are active throughout the year. During March and April, females have litters of 3 to 7 young. 

They make a lengthy, descending, trill and a chatter of assorted notes and chucks.

Habitat and Range:  Look for red squirrels in the forests of Alaska, the east coast north of Georgia and the Rocky Mountains.

  • Fun Fact
    During the summer, red squirrels collect and hide seeds and nuts so they have food storage during the lean winter times. Sometimes they forget to dig up the seeds. This benefits their local habitat, because the squirrels are unintentionally planting trees in new places!

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