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Red Squirrels.

Reasons for Endangered

  • Cutting of white pine. (DEP)
  • Grey squirrels carry virus parapox that are deadly to native red squirrels.
  • Grey squirrels directly competes with red squirrels for food and nesting. (YPTE)
  • Hunted for fur. (WIK)

Description

  • Small sized tree squirrels.
  • Long tail.
  • Reddish-brown in summer. Slightly gray in winter.
  • 11 - 14 inches long. (DEP)
  • Communication: A long rattling buzz. Tail-herking and foot stamping. (WIK)
  • Lifespan: 7 years.
  • 7-12 oz.
  • Active during day. (SZ)

Adaptations

  • Long tail for steady leaps, communications, and for bredding. (MNHU) (BK)
  • Gray and red coat for camouflage. (DEP)
  • Can easily locate stored food under three feet of snow.
  • Usually have several nests.
  • They can have any number of food caches for pine cones/stored food. (SZ)

Habitat

  • Woodlands and forests. (DEP)
  • 85% of the 140,000 red squirrels are in Scotland. (WIK)

Food

  • Fruits, nuts, seeds, fungi, mice, insects, and other small animals.
  • Predators: House cats, owls, and haws. (SZ)

Critical Information

  • To control the population of gray squirrels.
  • They are Britain's only native squirrels. (YPTE)
  • Protected in most of Europe. ( WIK)