Quiz: How Much of a Squirrel Are You?
Are you curious what kind of squirrel you would be? The UC Berkeley squirrels are an amazing force, but they are not one large group. Each group has its own unique personality. The following quiz will help you find out which squirrel type you are! Then you can take the quiz and see if it fits your personality! It will tell you whether you’re more like a tufted ground squirrel, black squirrel, or red squirrel!
If you were a squirrel, what kind of squirrel would you be?
Squirrels are known for their puzzling behaviors. For example, they may mark an acorn to increase its chances of survival later. They also engage in mating chases with another squirrel. Some other behavior is a rolling chirp or flicking of the tail. Learn more about different types of squirrels by taking this quiz. You might be surprised at what you learn!
Squirrels live in burrows and trees and are typically born blind. Females can have up to eight offspring. Baby squirrels are reliant on their mothers for two to three months. Mothers may have multiple litters a year. Most populations are robust and diverse. If you were a squirrel, what kind of personality traits would you have? And what traits would you have in common with other squirrels?
If you were a UC Berkeley squirrel, you’d be a tufted ground squirrel
Squirrels are ubiquitous. They have been around for millions of years, and have adapted to their varied environments. They typically feed on nuts and seeds, tree bark, and insects, but have also been known to eat French fries and chocolate. But what’s their favorite food? Here, we’ll learn what makes a UC Berkeley squirrel tick.
If you were a UC Berkeley campus, you’d be a tufted-ground squirrel. A tufted-ground squirrel has the longest tail of all the squirrel species, which adds up to 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) to its body length. This long tail also obscures the body when it is moving, making it difficult for predators to catch it.
If you were a tufted ground squirrel, you’d be a red squirrel
If you were a tufted ground squirrel (TGS), you would be the fluffiest and smallest squirrel on the planet. TGSs are terrestrial animals, and weigh anywhere from two to five pounds. Their fluffy tails may contribute to their size, but the actual reason they’re so heavy is unknown. TGS males and females are known as boars and sows, and a baby tufted ground squirrel is referred to as a kit.
If you were a tufted ground squirrel or red squirrel, you’d be a rusty-red or rust-colored furry creature. If you were a red squirrel, you’d be an American red squirrel! They are common residents of coniferous forests, including oak-hickory forests. In urban areas, they live in woodlots and wooded areas with dense understory vegetation.
If you were a red squirrel, you’d be a black squirrel
If you were a red or black, you’d be a black squirrel, right? Well, maybe. In fact, black and white squirrels are the same species, but the black ones are more common. The difference is primarily in their fur colour. Researchers at the University of Michigan previously mapped the distribution of black squirrels across the UK. They say the black squirrels are just a different shade of grey.
The genetics of squirrel coat colour was studied by Herbert Wiltafsky for his Ph.D. thesis in the early 1970s. Wiltafsky found that the colour of a squirrel’s lower legs was determined by one gene, but it was not related to the tail or back colour. Similarly, black squirrels were more aggressive than red ones. But it’s unclear how black squirrels got that way.
If you were a UC Berkeley squirrel, you’d be a red squirrel
The University of California, Berkeley, squirrels are a force to be reckoned with. But they’re also an individualistic bunch, with each group having a distinct personality. Take this quiz to find out which squirrel personality you possess. If you guessed red squirrel, you’d be the same! If you guessed gray squirrel, you’d be an orange squirrel.
These furry creatures live in forested areas and are primarily omnivorous, feeding mostly on the seeds of conifer trees. Their diets also include nuts, bark, mushrooms, bird eggs, and mice. They eat both fresh and dried foods and store them in separate caches for later use. This makes for a convenient and efficient way of getting food at any time, as they use memory to find foods they’ve stored.
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.