I have a nice collection of funny squirrel pictures to share with you! These little critters are all over Yosemite National Park and just waiting for you to come and visit them :)
You took my picture...now smile and let me take yours :)
There are many kinds of squirrels in this world. In fact, there are more than 200 kinds of squirrels! But here in Yosemite, there are five kinds of squirrels that live here.
The Western Gray squirrel is easily recognizable by its long busy tail. The Chickaree squirrel stands out with its reddish fir and white rings around its eyes.
The Golden mantled ground squirrel has large stripes on its back, the California ground squirrel is brown with white specks on it and the flying squirrel glides through the night air.
The Flying Squirrel
Well, here in Yosemite the squirrels natural diet consists of seeds, berries, acorns, nuts, leaves, mushrooms and any bird egg that they can get a hold of! However, they will be begging you to give them some of your food. But it's best if you don't. Their natural diet is best for their digestive system and it keeps
their ability to look for food sharp. But I must admit it is hard for me not to give them some trail mix if I have some with me :)
I have room for dessert...really!!!
Because squirrels use their front teeth so much, the front four teeth are always growing. This prevents them from loosing their teeth with all the little chewing and gnawing that they do.
Some kinds of squirrels live in burrows in the ground. Other types of squirrels make nests in trees or hollowed out trees.
Flying squirrels don't flap their legs, like birds flap their wings, in order to fly. These squirrels have flaps of skin between their legs and body and they glide in the air when they go from tree to tree. They can actually glide 150 feet or more...hey it beats climbing up and down the trees! Here in Yosemite, the flying squirrels are out at night and aren't seen my many visitors. I have seen one of them, just once here.