Though most people are familiar with squirrels (after all they seem to be everywhere you locate trees) there are a few things that will surprise you still. We do not imply their signature tail or the fact they’re fast rodents. Things that will surprise you or that will make some of their behaviour make sense.
A lot of the times you may find chewed up wires or holes in the walls which were made by squirrels; this is because squirrels have teeth that grow their entire lives. The chewing of solid materials help the squirrel keeps the teeth a certain size. If the squirrel didn’t take care of its teeth this way, then the teeth would get too long and make it impossible for it to eat.
A squirrel’s diet is not just food and nuts that people dispose of. Their diet is filled with unique things like tree barks, roots, acorns, leaves and even a few little insects. Some squirrels cannot break down foods like cellulose, meaning they can discount tree bark as a food source altogether.
Squirrels collect food yearlong, but they will be more active in their own food collecting process in the fall just before the winter. This can be done as a step to have food available in the winter when the food isn’t quite as easy to get. The squirrel will bury the food and come back to it after the winter hibernation period has finished. The food saved will usually last long enough to keep the squirrel until fresh food resources are found.
Squirrels are not the selfish animals think them to be; actually the reverse is true. Squirrels will warn others of a danger when they think danger is near.
The squirrel’s vision becomes generally better as they get to adulthood. Adult squirrels are among those animals to have a perfect vision as adults. The perfect vision however isn’t the case when they are born. A baby squirrel is in fact born blind that makes the mother’s care all that much more important. The mother’s care can last up to two and a half to three months, but the young squirrels should be prepared for the world at approximately 8 weeks.