Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ground Squirrels


Ground Squirrels are all over the world except Australia and Antarctica. Ground Squirrels are mostly found in the open country such as grasslands and tundra. They are striped or spotted rodents. Scientists say that Squirrels started 63 million years ago.

Ground Squirrels have more than one nest because if one gets destroyed they have a second one for protection. The nests are mostly needed in the summer and winter.

Ground Squirrels have lots of predators. Some of the predators are hawks, cats, foxes, weasels and snakes. They reach up to 10 to 12 years of wild but many die because of the predators.

Ground Squirrels eat seeds, nuts, fruit, buds, shoots, bark, sap, insects, eggs and fungi. With the squirrels good sense of smell they can find the food they have hidden during the winter. They hide the food under ground, under fallen leaves or in stockpiles near the nest to defend it from any danger.

By Jessica

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At 8:15 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

They are called Ground Squirrels because they are not like Flying Squirrels that glide around in the air.These Squirrels are mostly found on the ground and in trees.Unlike Flying Squirrels they are mostly found in the air then on the ground.

 
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At 12:20 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Yes, I know that Ground Squirrels belong to the rodent order—small, gnawing, mammals that many predators depend on for food. I also know that there is another type of Squirrel called the rock squirrel. The rock squirrel looks like a typical tree squirrel, but is a ground dweller. It is the largest of the ground squirrels, weighing up to 1 pound (.7 kg). The rock squirrel has speckled grayish-brown fur and a long bushy tail.

 

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