With the exception of Antarctica, wherever there are people there are squirrels. Whether you live in the city or in the country, in a forest or a desert, you probably have squirrels for neighbors.
There are more than 200 species of them, living underground, above ground, or in trees. In just about any city park in the United States you’ll see them scurrying about (in fact, a group of squirrels is called a scurry), chasing each other or looking for nuts or other food.
Squirrels are rodents, characterized by continuously growing incisors. With their big eyes and bushy tails, they have a fairly high cuteness quotient. While they don’t get the same bad press as other rodents, such as rats and mice, they’re not typically kept as pets. Perhaps as a result, most of us don’t know too much about squirrels.
To address that, and in the spirit of the recently observed National Squirrel Appreciation Day, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled 25 surprising facts about squirrels.
If you want to learn more about where and how long squirrels live, what they eat and what eats them, how fast they can run and how far they can fly, read on.