All about Squirrels for National Squirrel Appreciation Day: Kids Corner for the week of 1/18/21
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Did you know there is an actual day this week dedicated to the squirrel? This Thursday, Jan. 21, look to the trees, sidewalks, yards, and more for the small rodent in celebration of National Squirrel Appreciation Day.
Squirrels are members of the Sciuridae family, which consists of small and medium-size rodents. The mammals can live in almost every kind of habitat which means they are found in many, many places on earth. They thrive everywhere from rain forests to deserts, but don’t expect to find them in the polar regions or very dry deserts.
If you see squirrels digging in the snow, that is because the animal has the amazing ability to smell food buried under a foot of snow. Squirrels love to bury their acorns, nuts, seeds, etc. They have to be careful; squirrels can lose up to one-fourth of their buried food to thieves. And, many nuts not found result in the growth of a new tree.
What is a squirrel’s tail used for?
- To signal other squirrels
- To act like a parachute when jumping
- To cool off when hoot
- As a raincoat or winter jacket during rain, snow and wind
- To keep rain or wind or cold off itself.
- To cool off when hot, by pumping more blood through its tail.
- As a counterbalance when jumping about in trees.
- As a parachute when jumping.
- To signal with.
What types of squirrels are there?
What other mammals are in the same family as squirrels?
Chipmunks, marmots (including groundhogs), prairie dogs and more
Outside Scoop is submitted by freelance journalist Julie Bielenberg. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Riddle me this
Test your wits and smarts with these riddles. Answers are at the bottom of this article.
Riddle: What did the squirrel say to their crush on Valentine’s Day?
Riddle: Why did the squirrel take apart the classic car?
Riddle: A monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree. Who will get the banana first, the monkey, the squirrel, or the bird?
Riddle: What do you call a fight between squirrels?
Riddle me this: Answers
Riddle: What did the squirrel say to their crush on Valentine’s Day? I’m nuts about you.
Riddle: Why did the squirrel take apart the classic car? To get down to the nuts and bolts.
Riddle: A monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree. Who will get the banana first, the monkey, the squirrel, or the bird? None of them, because you cant get a banana from a coconut tree.
Riddle: What do you call a fight between squirrels? A squarrel.