American Red Squirrel


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Buy American Red Squirrel,the Red Squirrel is also known as the Chickaree or the Hudson’s Bay Squirrel. The name Chickaree came from its noisy chattering. And like most squirrels, it is very fond of repeating its cries frequently.

This is a graceful lively little animal. In its natural environment the American Red Squirrel has a tendency to be a bit fearless of humans and often tends to be heedless of human presence.

Regular little talkers, they have a routine call they repeat every minute or so. They also have a chattering alarm, that when sounded will be prolonged for five or six seconds and can be heard up to a quarter of a mile away.
Their homes are in tree cavities or in water-proof leaf nests high up in the trees, sometimes as high as 60 feet. They also dig burrows in the ground, but these are for food storage.

Unlike their larger cousin the Gray Squirrel, which can subsist on a rather small quantity of buds and nuts through the winter months, the American Red Squirrel is extremely active in the snowy seasons and requires large amounts of seeds and nuts. They have a habit of hoarding large quantities of food in burrows, neighboring trees, and in their nests.


Buy American Red Squirrel Behavior


Activity Patterns: Like other pine squirrels, Red Squirrels are diurnal, meaning that they are active during daylight hours. In the spring and summer, activity levels reportedly peak in the morning and again later in the afternoon. Hatt’s 1929 study of Adirondack Red Squirrels suggests that the squirrels took a midday rest in the warmer months between 1:30 and 3:00 PM, confirming Klugh’s 1927 report on the activity patterns of Ontario squirrels.

During winter, Red Squirrel activity is said to peak in midday to take advantage of the warmer temperatures. They do not hibernate in winter (like Woodchucks) or spend winter in their dens in a state of intermittent torpor (like Eastern Chipmunks). Red Squirrels are active in all four seasons, but may spend a day or two resting in their den during bad winter weather.

Although Red Squirrels spend a fair amount of time on the ground, they are more at home in the trees than Eastern Chipmunks. Red Squirrels seem more confident in the trees than on the ground, running up tree trunks when threatened and scampering from tree to tree along horizontal branches.


How long do American Red Squirrel live


Like most squirrels, the American Red Squirrels have high early mortality. Only about 22% of young survive to reach one year of age. One study showed that females that survive to at least one year of age have an average life expectancy of 2.3 years. Maximum ages are usually about eight years for Red Squirrels.


Interesting Facts about American Red Squirrel


– They eat a certain type of mushroom called ‘Amanita’ that is poisonous to
– Their preferred food is pine seeds, and their winter stores sometimes
contain more than 150 pinecones!
– They are active mostly during the day – particularly at dawn and in late
afternoon – and sleep at night.
– They are capable of both swimming and diving.


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