The Eurasian red squirrel Rodent or Eurasian red squirrel is a species of tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus common throughout Eurasia. The red squirrel is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent.
Eurasian red squirrel Rodent Facts:
Length: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
Tail: 15-20 cm (6-8 in)
Weight: 200-475 g (7-17 oz)
Social unit: Individual
Status: Least concern
The “red” squirrel varies from red to brown, grey, or black on its back, and may turn grey-brown in winter. The Eurasian red squirrel Rodent underparts are always pale or white. An excellent climber and leaper, it feeds on the ground and in branches on seeds (especially those of conifers), nuts, mushrooms and other fungi, shoots, fruit, soft bark, and sap. It lives alone except when a female is nursing young, which she usually does once a year, although some females may produce two litters.
The female Eurasian red squirrel Rodent gives birth to 1-6 blind, naked babies. She nurses them in the breeding nest, before they are weaned at 8-12 weeks. The nest may be a larger version of the ball-shaped, twig drey in a branch fork, or in a tree hole. It is lined with soft, fine material, to keep the young warm in her absence.
Bushy tail, tufted ears
Although the red squirrel moults twice a year, the tail hair is only replaced once. Its ears are always tufted, particularly in winter.