Squirrels are the most visible rodent on Long Island and arguably, the cutest. Or at least they’re cute until they get into your attic or walls. Still, there’s much more to these bushy-tailed rodents than you might think.
Interesting Facts about Squirrels
- While the most common Long Island squirrel is the grey squirrel, and black squirrels are the least common, worldwide, there are 280 species of squirrel – except in Australia. The continent down under doesn’t have any native squirrels.
- Squirrels can run down a tree headfirst because they can turn their ankles 180 degrees, and their back legs are double-jointed.
- The smallest squirrel species is the African pygmy squirrel, which typically measures five inches from nose to tail.
- On the other end of the size spectrum is the Indian giant squirrel at three feet long.
- Like other rodents, a squirrel’s four front teeth never cease growing. Their teeth growth is managed by constantly gnawing.
- People often think squirrels are frivolous because of the way they run back and forth without what seems like any logic. It’s a way of staying safe and evading birds of prey and other predators because it’s unclear what direction they’re heading.
- When you see squirrels burying food, it’s not always genuine. They pretend to bury food to trick would-be thieves and protect their real winter stash.
Does Long Island Have Flying Squirrels?
Yes, the Southern flying squirrel lives on Long Island, and it’s one of only two flying squirrel species native to North America. Asia has 40 native flying squirrel species, and there are only 43 species worldwide.
Despite the name, flying squirrels don’t fly as bees or birds do. Instead, they glide using a membrane between their limbs that can act as a parachute.
Why Do Squirrels Flick Their Tails?
Squirrels flick their tails to send information to other squirrels. Twitching their tails in specific ways signals possible danger.
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