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Origins The Chickaree has been traced back 50 million years from a fossil record made in North America. The squirrel's common name can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, where Aristotle used the word "skiouros," skia meaning shade, while "oura" means tail. Centuries later the French created a noun "esquirel" to describe this animal. From this the present word "squirrel" was derived.
Chipmunks and squirrels take to the roads in greatest number at the end of summer, when windy weather at the onset of fall tends to litter roadsides with edible nuts. Chipmunks and squirrels will remain plentiful on the roads in tree-lined areas until after the first snowfall. They are usually only out in broad daylight.
A baby squirrel weighs approximately one ounce at birth, and is about one inch long. They do not have hair or teeth, and are virtually blind for the first six to eight weeks.
Squirrels eyes are located high, and on each side of their head. This allows them a wide field of vision, without turning their head.
A squirrel's brain is about the size of a walnut.
The average adult squirrel needs to eat about a pound of food a week to maintain an active life.
The most common type of squirrel bite is a result of feeding a squirrel by hand. Never hold the food between your fingers, chances are very good you will be bitten. A squirrel's eyes are always looking for predators and they rarely focus on what they are eating.
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In 1955 the White House decided that they wouldn’t trap squirrels anymore. They said that they had been trapping them because they were digging in the grass. But they decided to promise, no more “squirrel catching”