Red Squirrel

Another Endangered Species

Habitat

Location:
  • North America (FOR)
  • Mostly in Canada (FOR)
  • Extending south (FOR)
  • Rocky Mountains (FOR)
  • North Central area (FOR)
  • North East area (FOR)
  • Europe (WIKI)
Terran:
  • Woodlands (SQUI 4)
  • Forests (SQUI 12)
  • Mountainous areas (SQUI 12)
Picture:http://www.kwic.com/~pagodavista/schoolhouse/species/plants/leaf.htm

Food

- Granivores
-Food:
  • Buds and needles of spruce trees (FOR)
  • Leaves of willows (FOR)
  • Bearberry flowers and berries (FOR)
  • Poplar buds and catkins (FOR)
  • Mushrooms (FOR)
  • Bird eggs (FOR)
-Predators:
  • Northern goshawk (FOR)
  • Red-tailed hawk (FOR)
  • Great horned owl (FOR)
  • Lynx (FOR)
  • Coyote (FOR)
  • Wolf (FOR)
  • Weasel (FOR)

Description

Classification:

  • Mammal (SQUI 4)
Body Covering:
  • Fur, red (SQUI 19)
Size:
  • Weight, 200 – 250g (FOR)
Communication:
  • Rattle (PLAN)
  • Chirp (PLAN)
  • Screech (PLAN)
  • Growl (PLAN)
  • Buzz (PLAN)Adaptations for Protection:
Unusual Characteristics: Crazy about nuts (SQUI 35)
Picture:http://www.heybjkoutdoors.com/2012/05/american-red-squirrel.html

Reproduction

  • Female will mate at age of one (FOR)
  • Gives birth between 3 and 4 offspring at a time (FOR)
  • Babies are pink, hairless, and weigh 10g (FOR)
  • Babies stay with their mother for 70 days (FOR)
  • In that time they are required to find their own territory (FOR)
Picture:http://www.heybjkoutdoors.com/2012/05/american-red-squirrel.html

Adaptation

Adaptations for Protection:
  • Running (GRO)
  • Climbing (GRO)
  • Leaping (GRO)
Structures:
  • Small body (PLAN)
  • Muscled bodies (PLAN)
  • Strong claws (PLAN)
  • Powerful hind limbs (PLAN)
Behaviors:
  • Solitary (ANIM)
  • Prefer to be alone (ANIM)
  • Aggressive about territory (SQUI 15)
Picture: http://www.pbase.com/image/142132292

Reasons for Endangerment

  • More noticeable than gray squirrels (WIKI)
  • Deadly disease called squirrel pox-virus (PTES)
  • Have fights with gray squirrels who are bigger (PTES)
Picture:http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_6490000/newsid_6498100/6498153.stm

Critical information

What is currently being done to help:
  • Nothing really right now that I know of but....... you can help
What you can do:
  • Start a fundraiser
  • Spread the word out
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