How Does the Grey Squirrel Move Around?
If you’re wondering how the grey squirrel moves around, you’ve come to the right place. These diurnal mammals are arboreal acrobats that have 20 teeth. In addition to ten digits on each paw, they also build a large, untidy nest. Here are some facts about these amazing mammals:
Gray squirrels are arboreal acrobats
Squirrels are the most amazing creatures on the planet! These critters are arboreal acrobats, using their long tails as balance aids, and leaping from branch to branch with agility. They can even descend a tree head first! Gray squirrels have surprisingly powerful hind paws, and can run at speeds of up to 14 mph. While they spend the majority of their time on the ground, their main activity is collecting nuts, which they do most in fall.
They are diurnal
The Diurnal Schedule of Gray Squirrels can be explained using a simple example. These mammals are most active during the early morning hours and the late evening hours. They spend the rest of the day basking on limbs or resting in their nest. In some cases, heavy cloud cover can extend their activities throughout the day. In winter, they tend to remain confined to their dens.
They have 20 teeth
Squirrels have twenty teeth. Their four front teeth continue to grow at a rate of six inches (15 cm) per year. They file their teeth and gnaw on tough surfaces regularly to keep them aligned. If teeth are filed improperly, a squirrel cannot eat properly or can become injured. This is because their back teeth wear down faster than their front teeth. This is another reason why they should have a professional trim their teeth.
They build a large, untidy looking nest
If you want to see a neat, organized nest, you must first understand why grey squirrels build large, untidy looking nests. This type of nest has an inner core made of damp leaves and grass and a thin layer of tree bark. Then, the squirrels fill the inner cavity with grass and other materials, like pine needles, moss, and leaves. These nests are secure in the tree where they are found.
They communicate with their tails
We’ve all seen those cute squirrel videos, but did you know that Grey squirrels communicate with their tails? They use their tails to signal aggression, but how do they do it? We’ll explain what we think they’re communicating with their tails below. This is one of the best ways to learn more about these adorable creatures. In addition to communicating with each other, squirrels use tails to warn each other of impending danger.
They are scatter-hoarders
Many people think gray squirrels store nuts in hollow trees. This is an exaggeration of their true nature. Grey squirrels are actually scatter-hoarders. They bury seeds and nuts in the ground instead of keeping them in a single location. They are capable of burying up to 25 nuts and seeds in half an hour. They maintain around 1,000 caches a year and can store 10,000 nuts and seeds.
They communicate by smell
A lot of people believe that gray squirrels communicate with each other through smell. This is not entirely true. Grey squirrels actually communicate by sight. They also have a sense of smell, which is what makes them unique among all squirrels. However, they are also very vocal. While they do communicate verbally, they are also known to use smell to get in touch with one another. This is one of the main ways that these squirrels can tell each other to avoid getting hurt.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.