Ekorrfamiljen (Sciuridae in Latin), is a great family among the rodents.Â It is represented on all continents except Australia, New Guinea, Madagascar and AntarcticaÂ Also missing in some deserts.Â According to “Mammal Species of the World listed” 51 genera together with 270-280 species of the family but the scheme is partially obscured.Â Seeing a squirrel here in Sweden is certainly not unusual for, so why come here are ten facts you should know about those cute little rodents!
10 Interesting Facts about squirrels you did not know
01) Â The most iconic and well-knownÂ behaviorÂ of squirrels is that they storeÂ nutsÂ andÂ acornsÂ for the winter.Â This is necessary for the species as they do not go to sleep / hibernation during the winter period as so many other species does.
02) Â The hind legsÂ of squirrels areÂ double jointed, which gives them the opportunity to climb up and down the treesÂ very quickly.
03) Mating seasonÂ for squirrels from February to May, with aÂ 44-dayÂ gestation.Â Overall bornÂ two to fourÂ cubs per litter.Â A squirrel of the male sex can smell a female squirrel on theÂ 1.5 kilometerÂ distance.
04) Â Squirrels haveÂ four toesÂ on their front paws, which are very sharp and are used to grip theÂ barkÂ when they climb in the trees.Â However, they haveÂ five toesÂ on theirÂ hind feet.
05) Â They are some realÂ gluttons, to say the least!Â In justÂ one week’sÂ time, they can eat their entireÂ body weightÂ in food, which is aboutÂ 700 grams.
06) Â Just likeÂ catsÂ have a tendency to cope with veryÂ high case.Â A squirrel can easily cope with a fall of overÂ 30 meters in height.Â In case they also use theirÂ tailÂ forÂ balanceÂ and as a form ofÂ parachute.Â Parachute feature in the tail is used as well as theyÂ jumpÂ between trees.
07) Â Their eyes are located inÂ the sideÂ of their heads, so they can without difficulty also seeÂ behind themselves.Â The term “pair of eyes” suddenly took a new shape!
08) Â Ever sinceÂ 2009Â have DJs and radio host onÂ Dutch radio stationsÂ celebrated the first Friday of each July as “Â Comic Sans DayÂ ” and encouraged all listeners to send all mail, print all the reports and all the self-adhesive address labels in this particular typeface.
09) Â InÂ 2007Â accused Iran fourteen squirrels who kept to the border that they were actuallyÂ spies, equipped with spy equipment.
10) Â It has been proven that squirrels can run overÂ 30 km / hÂ .Â However, they tend to average just run theÂ halfÂ that speed, aboutÂ 15 km / hÂ .