Red Squirrel

(Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

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STATUS: Native, Protected in IL

DESCRIPTION: Their length is about 10.6-15.2 inches, but 3.6-6.2 in. of their length is their tail. They weigh from 7-10 oz.

DIET: Mostly pine tree seeds.

HABITAT: Coniferous forests

NOTES: They are found most commonly in northeastern Illinois. Red Squirrels are also known as North American Red Squirrels. North American Red Squirrels are commonly confused with their European Red Squirrel cousin (Sciurus vulgaris). There are key differences: European Red Squirrels have ear tufts and are completely red besides their white belly. North American Red Squirrels are more gray, with red accents and a distinct white eye ring. hey normally have a lifespan of 5 years. The oldest squirrel in the wild was 10 years old, and the oldest in captivity was 9 years old. However, red squirrels have difficulty surviving past 1 year. Their forefeet only have four toes whereas their hind feet have five.

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