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This Douglas Squirrel has been in around here in the woods for years. I'm not sure if she is pregnant or just fat! Her face makes me laugh! These are native "small" squirrels here in the Northwest. I know you can't tell by looking at this picture!
She is pregnant here! Since being on FAA, I have read and learned more about these little fellers than I knew in all the years of looking at them, and laughing at them... or is that with them?
Douglas's Squirrels are small, energetic, and very active during the day all year long. They spend many hours collecting and storing green pine cones to eat during the harsh winters. Each squirrel builds several nests, including an underground nest for winter use. They usually breed from March to June, and sometimes again in late summer or early fall, and other than that, are solitary. Females have eight teats, and litters of eight have been recorded, but litters of 4-6 are more usual.
Their chatter, often mistaken for that of a bird, resonates through the forests. When sensing an intrusion, these little creatures are easily both seen and heard. Rustles in the brush often signify the presence of a Douglas squirrel digging up hoarded fir cones buried at an earlier time. They are preyed upon by cougars, owls, martens, and other carnivorous mammals in the forest.
Douglas squirrels feed on seeds of Douglas fir and Sitka Spruce, acorns, and berries present in the forest.
July 12th, 2012
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