10 Most Beautiful Squirrels In The World
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10 Most Beautiful Squirrels In The World

October 19, 2019


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bell so you won’t miss our new videos. Squirrels. They are adorable, and they play a variety
of roles, like acrobat, bandit, gardener, trickster and much more. If you thought your everyday squirrels are
cute, wait until you see their relatives that will melt your heart. Here are 10 most beautiful squirrels in the
world. Number 10. Finlayson’s squirrel or the variable squirrel
is a species of rodent found in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The species occurs in a wide range of wooded
habitats, including gardens and parks in cities like Bangkok. The pelage colour in this species is extremely
variable, usually with overall blackish, first with white tail-tip, second occasionally with
white underside, face and feet. Like other squirrels of its genus, Finlayson’s
squirrel is normally a canopy-dweller, feeding mainly on fruit. Field evidence suggests that it has the usual
form of dichromatic mammalian colour vision, which may enable it to discriminate ripe from
unripe fruits. Number 9. The red squirrel or Eurasian red squirrel
is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent found throughout Eurasia. In Great Britain, Ireland, and in Italy numbers
have decreased drastically in recent years. This decline is associated with the introduction
by humans of the eastern grey squirrel from North America. However, the population in Scotland is stabilising
due to conservation efforts, awareness and the increasing population of the pine marten,
a European predator that selectively controls grey squirrels. The eurasian red squirrel, like most tree
squirrels, has sharp, curved claws to enable it to climb and descend broad tree trunks,
thin branches and even house walls. Its strong hind legs enable it to leap gaps
between trees, and it also has the ability to swim. Number 8. Abert’s squirrel, or tassel-eared squirrel,
is a tree squirrel native to the southern Rocky Mountains from the United States to
the northern Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico. This squirrel can grow up to 46-58 cm (18-23
inches) long with a tail of 19-25 cm (7-10 inches). The most noticeable characteristic would be
its hair ear tufts, which extend up from each ear 2-3 cm. This gives this species a striking similarity
to the Eurasian red squirrel, aside from its differing dark fur coloration. This squirrel typically has a gray coat with
a white underbelly and a very noticeable rusty, reddish colored strip down its back. Abert’s squirrel is closely associated with,
and nearly confined to cool, dry interior ponderosa pine forests. It feeds on the cones, buds, and twigs of
Ponderosa pine trees as well as fungus and tree sap. Number 7. The thirteen-lined ground squirrel, also known
as the striped gopher, leopard ground squirrel, squinney, and as the leopard-spermophile in
Audubon’s day, is a ground squirrel widely distributed over
grasslands and prairies of North America. This squirrel is brownish, with 13 alternating
brown and whitish longitudinal lines, sometimes partially broken into spots, on its back and
sides, creating rows of whitish spots within dark lines. The thirteen-lined ground squirrel is strictly
diurnal and is especially active on warm days. A solitary or only somewhat colonial hibernator,
it often occurs in aggregations in suitable habitats. In late summer, it puts on a heavy layer of
fat and stores some food in its burrow. It enters its nest in October, rolls into
a stiff ball, and decreases its respiration from between 100 and 200 breaths per minute
to one breath about every five minutes. It emerges in March or early April. It is well known for standing upright to survey
its domain, diving down into its burrow when it senses danger, then sometimes poking out
its nose and giving a bird-like trill. It has a maximum running speed of 13 km/h
(8 mph) and reverses direction if chased. Number 6. The American red squirrel is variously known
as the pine squirrel, North American red squirrel and chickaree. Red squirrels can be easily distinguished
from other North American tree squirrels by their smaller size, 28-35 cm (11-14 in) total
length including tail, territorial behavior, and reddish fur with
a white underbelly. This squirrel should not be confused with
Eurasian red squirrels; since the ranges of these species do not overlap,
they are both commonly referred to as “red squirrels” in the areas where they are native. American red squirrels are widely distributed
across the North American continent. However, an isolated population of red squirrels
in Arizona has experienced considerable declines in population size. In 1987, this portion of the population was
listed as an endangered species. Number 5. The variegated squirrel is a medium sized
tree squirrel found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, Nicaragua,
and Panama. The head-and-body length is about 26 cm (10
in) with a tail of much the same length. The several subspecies differ in appearance
and there is often a considerable variation between the appearances of individuals in
the same population. The dorsal colouration varies between dark
brown to yellowish grey. The neck tends to be darker than other parts
and there is often a paler patch behind the ears. The underparts are usually some shade of cinnamon. The tail is long and densely bushy; in Mexico
it is black, sometimes with white tips to the hairs giving it a frosted appearance. Number 4. The golden-mantled ground squirrel is distributed
in British Columbia and Alberta through the western United States to California, Arizona,
and New Mexico. This ground squirrel is generally about 23
to 29 cm (9 to 11 in) in length. It has whitish or yellow-gray underparts,
whereas the tail is brown to black with buff edges and a yellowish to reddish underside. The “mantle” across the shoulders is tawny
to reddish, with males having a deeper reddish tinge. This species is distinguished from similar
ground squirrels by a black-bordered white stripe down each side of the back. This ground squirrel hibernates over the winter. The breeding season commences when males and
females emerge from hibernation in the spring. A female has two to eight young per litter,
with an average of five. The life span of this ground squirrel is up
to about seven years. Number 3. The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is native
to Japan where it inhabits sub-alpine forests and boreal evergreen forests on Honshu and
Kyushu islands. It grows to a length of 20 cm (8 in) and has
a membrane connecting its wrists and ankles which enables it to glide from tree to tree. During the day this squirrel hides in a hole,
usually in a coniferous tree, emerging at night to feed on buds, leaves, bark, fruits
and seeds. It has large eyes and a flattened tail, with
its back covered with grey brown hair, and its belly is white. Species of flying squirrels possess a patagium,
which is a skin membrane used in gliding. In this particular species, their patagium
spans between their wrists and ankles, but not between their legs and tail. Multiple individuals of this species can be
found grouped together on a single tree, however usually these individuals tend to be of the
same sex when it is not mating season. Number 2. Prevost’s squirrel or Asian tri-colored squirrel
is found in forest in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and nearby smaller islands,
with an introduced population in northern Sulawesi. It eats fruits, nuts, seeds, buds, flowers,
insects and bird eggs. This squirrel has been observed feeding on
durians. It carries the fruits far from the tree and
drop the seeds when finished with its meal. This seed distribution away from the parent
plant increases survival for the fruiting plant species. Prevost’s squirrel is considered as one of
the most colourful mammals in the world with their black upperparts and tail, reddish-orange
underparts, and whitish thighs and flanks. Number 1. The Indian giant squirrel, or Malabar giant
squirrel, is a large-bodied diurnal, arboreal, and mainly herbivorous squirrel found in South
Asia. This squirrel has a conspicuous two-toned,
and sometimes three-toned color scheme. The colors involved can be creamy-beige, buff,
tan, rust, brown, or even a dark seal brown. The underparts and the front legs are usually
cream colored, the head can be brown or beige, however there is a distinctive white spot
between the ears. Adult head and body length varies around 36cm
(14 inches) and the tail length is approximately 61 cm (2 ft). In the shaded understory of a dense forest,
the patchy colors and dark hues are a great adaptation to avoiding detection, but in the
sunlight, this squirrel shows its true colors and beautiful pelage.

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  1. #1 just, it does not seem real. Amazing colors. Would be great to see in the wild just being it's squirrelly self.

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