By Kim Long
A mix of illustrated box advisor, truth booklet, and folklore assortment, "Squirrels" is a brand new type of flora and fauna e-book. This concise, illustrated guide provides a correct, informative portrait of squirrels of their common habitat, in addition to an exam in their dating to guy. so much american citizens stay in towns. the nearest many get to flora and fauna is gazing animals in parks and yards—the favourite habitat of the tree squirrel. but for the entire frequency with which they're saw, squirrels and their habit are little understood. What do squirrels consume? How do they retain their foodstuff caches from spoiling? What is the main competitive squirrel? Are there any squirrel-proof poultry feeders? What function did squirrels play in historical mythology? From social interactions with early American cultures—both local american citizens and ecu settlers—to their position in neighborhood ecosystems, "Squirrels" presents animal fanatics with the whole photo.
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S. HABITATDeciduous and conifer forests, also in mixed deciduous-conifer woods. Found from sea level to about 6,000 feet. FOODAcorns, nuts, seeds, berries, lichens, fungi, buds, fruit, insects, birds' eggs, nestlings, small birds, small mammals, carrion. Larder hoarding; may cache food in piles near bases of trees. BREEDINGMating: late winter. Birth: spring. Litter size: 2-5. May have second litter in late summer. Gestation period: 37-42 days. Young weigh 6 gm. Weaning: 45-65 days. NESTSNests in tree cavities.
Group hunting efforts were also common. Contests were held to reduce squirrel populations through competitive shooting. In 1834 in Indiana, one such three-day contest resulted in one person shooting 900 squirrels; a week-long squirrel hunt in Ohio resulted in a reported kill of 10,000 squirrels. Page 19 Squirrels are not easy prey for hunters and have long been established as a tricky, difficult target. In colonial America, squirrel hunting skills helped develop marksmanship that was a powerful force in the defeat of the well-trained British military.
In colonial America, squirrel hunting skills helped develop marksmanship that was a powerful force in the defeat of the well-trained British military. Scouts for the revolutionary forces were referred to as Squirreltails in reference to this skill. 1992 CURRENCY FROM LATVIA (OUT OF CIRCULATION) Page 20 NAMES SOUTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL Glaucomys volans From the Greek, glaukos meaning grey or silver, and mys avariation of mus, meaning mouse; volans is from the Latin, meaning flying. Early naturalists first classified it in 1758, although it was described by the earliest settlers, including John Smith of the Virginia colony in 1624.
Squirrels: A Wildlife Handbook (Johnson Nature Series) by Kim Long