Even though National Squirrel Day isn’t until January 21st (please mark your calendars now), I thought I’d introduce everyone to one of my buddies, Crazy Mama. She and I met about two years ago. She was extremely timid at first. She would sit on one of the large branches high in the Live Oak and watch other squirrels come and have breakfast with me. She never seemed to like being around others. She’s a loner, or so I thought. It turns out she’s quite the lady’s man. I can’t begin to count the number of times she’s been pregnant.
Over the years, she’s become, my buddy. As she’s gotten older (haven’t we all), and the more times she has her litter of pups, she’s became less of an introvert and more of an extrovert. There are times I’m outside working in the yard, and she’ll follow me up in the trees and bark at me if she thinks I’m ignoring her. When she sees me outside, she’ll run down the tree, run up to me and run circles around my feet until I feed her. She never comes down with the morning crew (now around 11) but instead finds times to enjoy her nuts when she can be alone. I never know what to expect from her. I know the glowing eyes make her look demonic, and perhaps there is a sparkle of evil in her, but that could be why we’ve bonded.
Squirrels have had their English name since the 14th century. However, it’s Greek in origin. It comes from skiouros, from skia, meaning “shadow,” and oura, meaning “tail.”
These tidbits of squirrel facts came from the National Wildlife Federation’s website last year during National Squirrel Day. (Clears throat, January 21st).
- Squirrels can find buried nuts beneath a foot of snow.
- A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing.
- Squirrels can lose up to 25% of their nuts to thieves.
- Squirrels don’t dig up all of the buried nuts, which results in more trees. (So, we can consider them environmentalists).
- Newborn squirrels are about one inch long.