The Eurasian Red Squirrel is a tree squirrel with a body 205-220 mm long and a bushy tail 170-180 mm long, that is chestnut in color with white underparts and very prominent ear tufts (less pronounced in summer), although the body color varies from dark red to black, brown, to gray and bluish. The tail is most often the same color but can be lighter in shade in some subspecies.
The Eurasian Red Squirrel inhabits forests, nesting in large trees, and is active during the daytime and at night. It does not hibernate. Diet consists largely of seeds, acorns, fungi, bark and sap tissue. They store food in hollow trees or bury it under surface litter. It may visit bird feeders.
More about Eurasian Red Squirrel:
- A Guide to the Mammals of China. Andrew T. Smith, Yan Xie, Robert S. Hoffmann, Darrin Lunde, John MacKinnon, Don E. Wilson, W. Chris Wozencraft (editors)
- The Dictionary of Science for Gardeners: 6000 Scientific Terms Explored and Explained. Michael Allaby
- Squirrels of the World. Richard W. Thorington, Jr., John L. Koprowski, Michael A. Steele, James F. Whatton
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