Interesting facts about squirrels

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  1. Interesting facts about squirrels:
  2. They are found everywhere on the earth except Antarctica.

  1. Squirrels are born blind and hairless so the babies squirrels (kittens) depend on their mother for survival
  1. A new-born baby squirrel is about an inch long
  1. Squirrels hide seeds and nuts underground and often forget the hiding places. It leads to the growth of new plants and is also helpful in the growth of forests.
  1. Squirrels are rodents and have four front teeth that continue to grow throughout their lives.
  1. Squirrels have an excellent sense of smell and they can sniff out and locate food they have hidden away.  
  2. Squirrels often deceive other animals. They do so to throw off potential thieves. They dig a hole; cover it up without depositing the food. 
  3. A male squirrel can smell a female from a mile away.
  4. Squirrels gain weight in the fall and winter. They do this so that they can survive the low temperature in winter.
  1. They are highly intelligent and use their IQ like crows to locate their food.
  2. When they feel threatened, they run in a zigzag pattern in order to avoid their predators.
  1. There are more than 200 species of squirrels found all over the world.
  2. Squirrels can land safely on the ground from a height of thirty meters. Their tail acts as a parachute and maintains balance.
  1. Squirrels have a bushy tail which has multiple functions: it acts as a sunshade in the summer while in winters it can be used as a blanket. It is also a balancing organ while gliding.
  1. They can jump a distance of up to 20 feet
  2. They give birth to two to eight babies at a time and their babies are called kittens.
  1. Squirrels can run up to twenty miles per hour.
  1. Squirrels communicate through different sounds and body language, especially in case of any danger.
  2. There are about 44 species in the world that can jump and glide in the air.
  3. The average life span of a squirrel is 20 years.
  4. The Squirrel Appreciation Day is observed on January 21st, every year..

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