Monday, March 19, 2007

Squirrel dexterity

CleverClever and acrobatic, the red squirrel is a entertaining critter to have around your backyard. Won't it be great to be so agile!

Did you know?

**The red squirrel will drink maple sugar? They bite into the tree until the sap flows. The squirrel will return to drink when the water in the sap (which when fresh is only 2 percent sugar) has evaporated and the sugar content is about 55 percent.

**The red squirrel's teeth grow continuously? Their incisor's will grow six inches per year, but stay short due to the constant wear they receive.

**A squirrel's brain is about the size of a walnut?

**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.

**There are over 365 species of squirrels in seven families? They include the tree squirrel, ground squirrel, and flying squirrel. Plus many squirrel-like mammals such as the gopher, ground hog and prairie dog.

More Red Squirrel facts here.

Enjoy :) Coppertop

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