To build a squirrel house, construct a four-sided rectangular structure with a slanted roof and a 3-inch entrance. Use a non-aromatic wood, because squirrels chew on fragrant woods, including outdoor-grade plywood.Know More
For the roof and bottom, use two 12-by-12-inch wood boards. For the four sides, measure the pieces on an 8-foot by 6- to 10-inch board. For the front and back sides, cut two pieces that are the width of the board and 17 inches tall on one side and 18 inches tall on the other side. For the front entrance, cut a 3-inch notch from the top slanted corner of one of the pieces. For the other two sides, cut one rectangle 17 inches tall and another 18 inches tall.
Screw the four sides together. Align the 17-inch side piece with the short edge of the front and back pieces, and attach the 18-inch piece to the long edges. Make sure the seams are as tight as possible, and fill any gaps with waterproof silicone caulk. Turn the house over, and position the bottom piece flush with the back side. Screw on the bottom, and drill small drains holes. Flip the house back over, and position the roof so that it overhangs the front side and is flush with the back. Fill screw holes, knots and cracks with the caulk.
Fill half of the house with synthetic pillow fluff or dried moss from a craft store.
The scientific name for the northern flying squirrel is Glaucomys sabrinus, and the scientific name for the southern flying squirrel is Glaucomys volans. Contrary to common belief, flying squirrels are incapable of flying long distances. As opposed to wings, the squirrels have a membrane attached to their front and hind legs that allows for short-distance gliding.Full Answer >
The white squirrel seen in the United States is an albino or white morph of the eastern gray squirrel. Albinism is caused by a mutation of the gene responsible for pigmentation, while the white morph is the product of the aberration of a different gene.Full Answer >
Squirrels are equipped with several key adaptations, including powerful hind legs, a heightened sense of smell, an excellent memory and a suite of vocalizations. Squirrels have physical adaptations, such as anatomy and body structure, and exceptional cognitive abilities to help them survive in specific habitats on short-term and long-term bases.Full Answer >
Squirrels are rodents. All rodents are characterized by the presence of chisel-like gnawing teeth that grow constantly, and the squirrel family of rodents is called Sciuridae.Full Answer >