SQUIRREL!

This one word can put a dog on high alert and ready to chase. But have you ever seen a squirrel that resembles a raccoon or one that is covered in black fur? What about a flying squirrel? Today’s blog is inspired by two of these fluffy tailed rodents chasing each other up and down, over and under the branches of the oak tree outside the office window.

Many Arbordale books feature squirrels, Count Down to Fall, A Warm Winter Tail, and of course In My Backyard. But here are a few squirrel varieties that we have not seen in a Arbordale book.

Flying Squirrel – they get their name from the ability to glide between trees, these squirrels have special skin on each side of their body that stretches from paw to paw and acts like a parachute for the graceful creatures. While they do not actually fly like a bird, this mammal can travel a good distance between trees. The flying squirrel is a nocturnal animal, and lives in the forests of both the East and West coasts.

Red Squirrels – The smallest squirrel you will find in the United States, this squirrel is named for its red-brown coat. They have tufts of hair along their ears, and white bellies. They are typically solitary animals living in forests, but they can be found chattering among each other, and cuddle together in drays during the winter months when you may find this squirrel has a gray tint to its fur.

Fox Squirrel – This is the largest of the squirrel family and one of the most unique looking squirrels. Throughout the Southeast this squirrel is often confused as a relative of the raccoon. With black fur and a white face this squirrel may look more like a cousin to the raccoon than a squirrel. This creature is unlike its relatives, in that it spends a lot of its time on the ground, and tends to live on more open land than up high in trees.

What animals are playing outside your window today? How are they unique?

Nature has so much for us to learn and explore!

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