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Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel Identification, Habitat and food

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20th August 2013

Red Squirrel Identification

Length: 20-28cm
Fur is warm reddish-brown, becoming darker in the winter months. The underside is mainly white throughout the year. It has reddish-brown bushy tail and ear tufts, although these may not always be obvious. A true native to the British Isles, it is smaller than the North American Grey Squirrel and the two species are rarely found in the same locations. With its more specialised diet and smaller size it has been driven out of most parts of the country by its larger cousin, finding refuge on the Isle of Wight, Anglesey and some isolated parts of northern England, Wales and Scotland.

Call

Chattering call is accompanied by vigorous tail flicking.

Reproduction

Red Squirrels produce 1-2 litters a year between April and September, producing between 3-5 live young.

Habitat

Pine forests and parks and occasionally gardens if they have suitable trees.

Natural Food

The Red Squirrel feeds almost exclusively on pine seeds and nuts, fungi, bark and sap. They are also occasionally known to take birds eggs.

Where to Feed

Ground Feed – Scatter food in the open
Squirrel Feeders

Suitable Food from Ark WildlifeRed Squirrel Feeder