A group of squirrels is called a scurry or a dray. A dray is specifically used to refer to a nest of squirrels and is often used to describe a mother squirrel and her young. Squirrels are typically solitary creatures making scurries somewhat rare.
Squirrels generally live in trees, usually in holes in the trunks or even abandoned nests. Individual squirrels start looking for nests when they start mating, which happens when they are about 1 year old. When squirrels live in groups, they exhibit a certain level of camaraderie; an altruistic behavior that is displayed when something threatens the scurry. They keep each other alert from lurking predators by producing warning calls.Learn More
Squirrels take refuge in dens and nests in the wintertime. Like humans and many other mammals, squirrels need protection from the harsh winds and elements of winter. Their wintertime shelters vary in size and composition depending on location, but all contain overhead roofs and warm linings to keep out the cold.Full Answer >
Beavers build dams to create a pond-like environment where they can live safe from predators. Since short legs and a wide body make the rodents vulnerable on land, beavers, which are excellent swimmers, use their large, flat tails and webbed hind feet to their advantage by nesting in the water.Full Answer >
Both of the most common types of rats, the black rat and the brown rat, are omnivores, eating fruits, grains and any waste or unprotected human foods they encounter, along with invertebrate prey when necessary or available. Brown rats are more carnivorous than black rats, will eat more types of meat and have even been observed fishing. These animals are ubiquitous and are major pests in destroying livestock feed.Full Answer >
A baby rat is called a pup. Sometimes they are also referred to as pinkies. The rat gestation period last 21 to 23 days, and the entire labor and birthing process only lasts about two hours.Full Answer >