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American red squirrel
(Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
walrus
Description
They are small squirrels with reddish to reddish-gray fur on top and a white or cream underside fur. They have white around their eyes and their tails are not as long or bushy as the tail of other tree squirrels. In the summer, they may have a black stripe on their sides. Their curved front claws and powerful hind legs make them very good climbers and jumpers.
Dimensions
They grow between 6 to 9 inches, adding a tail from 3 to 6 inches. The average weight from 4.5 to 10.5 oz.
Diet
They are granivorous, but they are also opportunistic omnivores in the absence of mast foods. Their diet includes seeds, tree buds and flowers, fleshy fruits, tree sap, bark, insects, and other animal materials such as bird eggs.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit forests, woodlands, alpine and subalpine habitats, cities, suburbs and towns. They are widely distributed across North America. Their range includes most of Canada and east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Alaska.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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