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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Tamiasciurus
Genus species:Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:270-390 mm
Weight:140-250 g
Identification:The red squirrel is reddish-brown to gray-red and has black, lateral lines. The belly is white to gray.
Habitat:Forests
Diet:Herbivore: pine seeds, acorns, beechnuts, tree seeds, berries, fungi
Reproduction:Red squirrels have one litter per year, with their breeding season occurring from February to March. Three to seven young are born in each litter and are weaned at 6-9 weeks of age.
Territories for red squirrels range up to 1.5 hectares.
Behavior:Red squirrels are diurnal. They do not hibernate.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The red squirrel is a wonderful reforestation agent because it often fails to go back and dig up its seeds and nuts that were stored for the winter. Only 25 percent of young red squirrels will survive to be one year old due to birds of prey or migrations away from the maternal home range.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America
Central North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:rodent
Red squirrel
Pine squirrel
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Tamiasciurus
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata