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Animals: Squirrel

Of the order of mammals rodentia, certainly one of my favorite families is sciuridae.

Sciuridae is a rather large family whose branches include giant squirrels, pygmy squirrels, tree squirrels, ornate squirrels, and terrestrial squirrels. It’s the terrestrial squirrels that generally we are most familiar with: ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, prairie dogs, etc.

They can be found all over the world.

Unlike many other rodents, they can’t digest cellulose, so their diet consists of foods high in protein, carbohydrates, and fat — nuts, fruits, and insects for the most part.

I find them rather cute (if a bit skittish).

If I had to name my absolute favourite squirrel, there’d be no question that it would be Ratatoskr (the squirrel from old Norse legend who runs up and down the world-tree, Yggdrasil, carrying messages between the eagle up top to the wyrm that dwells in the roots beneath).

Is that a peanut in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

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Posted in Things by madsci on June 4th, 2010 at 5:42 pm.

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