Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun

Click HERE to learn how to say "squirrel" in many languages.

Click HERE to read squirrel FAQs.

Videos:
This is one TOUGH SQUIRREL! (wmv, 1 MB)
Hacky sack playing Squirrel (wmv, 1.7 MB)


At Ginnie Springs, FL:

My friend, Ken Smith took this Devil squirrel shot:

The youngsters had left their next at New Years, 2009

And at Manatee Springs State Park, FL:


From New Mexico:

The tuna (cactus fruit) are ripening at Carlsbad

Score!

Mrowww



Wayne Harrison sent this cute little feller (or gal).
(S)He is an Abert squirrel from Colorado where the
squirrels have tufts on their ears.


Woo hoo! Finnish Squirrels!
Check out these "oravas." Thanks for Mikko Heikkero for the pix!
Note the tufted ears, tho the one ear is, not atypically, a little battered. This little guy is losing his grey winter coat and filling in his summer red pelt. I think it's so cool that the shot on the right shows the little Finnish fella doing a "single napolean." I once asked a wildlife specialist about why it looks like squirrel sticks one or both paws to their chest like a painting of Napolean. He said it was because that is the way the muscles are "relaxed." People have their arms hang straight down, but squirrels curl their paws in.

 


This sleek youngster from Pennsylvania was taken by Keith Christenson, noted bat photographer.


Welcome to this new friend, a Red Squirrel from Oregon, courtesy of Scott Linn.


Eastern Gray Squirrels

Above are various pictures of happy, healthy, well-fed Maryland squirrels.



In Delaware, where certain people don't feed their squirrels, the poor starving animals have to scavenge for food from birdfeeders where they can (photo courtesy of Gerald am Ende).


You may think you're life is rough, but it's got to be better than this squirrel's (I've nicknamed him "Ouch). He's missing an eye, an ear, and has a massive wound over his shoulders. Fortunately, there's a poor sappy, animal lover who distributes peanuts to the local wildlife. As the "early squirrel" he got to pork out on peanuts this morning before there was competition from other squirrels. I believe he lost his eye and ear BEFORE the shoulder wound appeared, so perhaps a predator was able to sneak up on him without him able to sense it's presence. (picture taken Feb 8, 2003)

See Ouch looking for food in during the big snowstorm.

Here he is, a week after the big picture above and still going strong. The picture is bad because I had to overexpose it in the early morning dim light. The early squirrel gets the peanuts! Ouch seems to come out every morning before the other squirrel.

March 2, 2003: I haven't seen Ouch for a few days, but last I saw him, the fur had regrown around the wound, but he had a tender forepaw that he was favoring.

March 22, 3008: Ouch seems to be doing fine. His wound is healing, still comes 'round for peanuts, and doesn't take any crap from the other squirrels:


This is a white version of an Eastern Grey Squirrel. Thanks to Bill Greenwald for his picture.

 

These are more white squirrels from Florida. A small group lives around Sopchoppy and these are ones that live and roam free around the Tallahassee zoo. Note that they are not albino squirrels and have a little grey on their heads and backs.


Tallahassee has more than just grey and white squirrels -- they have cool squirrel art, too! These are two views of a squirrel carved from a tree. The statue is around 1 meter tall.


QUIZ - Where is this sign? ANSWER

Why do I like squirrels?  Well, it all started with a story in National Geographic magazine.  Now I'm hooked.  I feed the squirrels which are almost always in motion.  Better to watch squirrels than watch TV.
 
Squirrel FAQs:
Q - How long do squirrels live?
A - In the wild and in suburbia, they live on average about 1-1/3 years before they are run over by a car or eaten by a predator.
 
Q - Why are squirrels cuter than other rodents such as rats?
A - Obviously, squirrels have big, bushy tails and most people find them attractive.  Also, most people have never thought about the fact that squirrels have ears that face sideways, as do people's ears, whereas rats and mice have ears that face forward.
 
Q - Why are squirrels aways digging up my yard and plants?
A - Squirrels have to bury nuts and other food to save for leaner times.  It's a survival technique.  Tree squirrels are scatter horders which means that they bury a single nut in a single hole.  They promptly forget where they buried the nut, but the nuts are found again by the squirrels' sense of smell.  That means a different squirrel could find the nut buried by another.  That helps survival of the species, as opposed to survival of the individual.

Q - Squirrels hibernate, don't they?
A - Tree squirrels don't hibernate. They search for food the year 'round. However, they may sleep in their dreys (nests) for a day or two while the weather is really bad. Ground squirrels, on the other hand, do hibernate.


English

Squirrel

Tail

Acorn

Khasi

U risang

1. Ka tdong

2. u tdong

U soh-ot lane soh shanam dngiem

Kekchi'

kuk

 

 

Polish

Wiewiórka (pronounced Vivúrca)

Ogon

Bengali

Katberali

Laj

Badam

Dutch

Eekhoorn (prounounced "acorn"

 

Eikel

Finnish

Orava

Häntä

 

Irish

Iora liath (Red squirrel is Iora rua)

 

 

Japanese

Risu

Sippo

 

Spanish

Ardilla

Cola

 

Swedish

Ekorre

Svans

 

French

Écureuil

Queue

Gland

German

Oachkatzerlshwoaf or Eichhörnchen

Schwanz or Schwerf

 

Hebrew

S´nace

 

 

Russian

Belka

 

 

Italian

 

Coda

Ghianda

Norwegian

Ekhorn

Hale

 

Dakota

Psincha (Flying squirrel)

Sinte

 

Cherokee

Te-wa (Flying squirrel)

 

 

Omaha

SiNge (Tree squirrel)

Hexthi (Ground squirrel)

Ttashniga (Chipmunk)

MaNthiNxude (Prairie dog)

SiNde

Bude (Red oak acorn)

Ttashka (Burr oak acorn)

Dakota (Teton or Lakota dialect)

zica xota (Grey squirrel)

Zica (Red squirrel)

Hetkala (Ground squirrel)

Thashnaheca (Chipmunk)

Pispiza (Prairie dog)

PshiNca (Swallow and Flying squirrel in Santee Dakota)

SiNte

Uta (Hazel nut, acrons, red oak)

Utahu chaN (Burr oak)

Ioway (and Otoe)

þiNŋe (þiŋe) (earlier siNge (singe)) 'squirrel'

also þiNñe

þiNje (þinje) 'tail, butt'

Budu (oak [one kind])

Thasgu (earlier Thashgu) (oak [another kind])

Winnebago (Hochank)

Ziik (Squirrel)

Ziikxoc (Grey squirrel)

Ziikzi (Red squirrel)

ZiikmaNkzi (Fox squirrel)

SiiNc

Caashge

For even more translations of the word "squirrel" go to: http://www.angelfire.com/fl/scalisti/languages.html


Quiz: Where is the Squirrel Level Road sign location?

Answer: On I-85 just south of Petersburg, VA (back)