Bob and Nadine Johnston
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A Red Squirrel poses for animal crackers in a Thousand Trails Preserve. This is a membership campground we belong to with 81 parks we live in year round. Traveling from one part of the country to another to see all that we can see.
The word "squirrel", first specified in 1327. Squirrels are generally small animals, ranging in size from the African pygmy squirrel at(2.83.9 in) in length and just (0.35 oz) in weight, to the Alpine marmot which is (2129 in) long and weighs from (11 to 18 lb). Squirrels typically have slender bodies with bushy tails and large eyes. Their fur is generally soft and silky, although much thicker in some species than others. The color of squirrels is highly variable between and often even within species.
The hind limbs are generally longer than the fore limbs, and they have four or five toes on each foot. Their paws on their fore feet include a thumb, although this is often poorly developed. The feet also have soft pads on the undersides
Squirrels live in almost every habitat from tropical rainforest to semiarid desert, avoiding only the high polar regions and the driest of deserts. They are predominantly herbivorous, subsisting on seeds and nuts, but many will eat insects and even small vertebrates.
As their large eyes indicate, squirrels generally have an excellent sense of vision, which is especially important for tree-dwelling species. They also have very versatile and sturdy claws for grasping and climbing. Many also have a good sense of touch, with vibrissae on their heads and limbs.
May 9th, 2012
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