8 Facts About Squirrels

1. Incredibly long jumps by squirrels. One study of tree-dwelling plantain squirrels on the National University of Singapore campus found squirrels jumping almost 10 feet.

2. Squirrels organize. They may be more organized than you. Eastern fox squirrels at UC Berkeley stash nuts by type, according to a 2017 research. When offered walnuts, pecans, almonds, and hazelnuts, squirrels took care to hide each nut.

3. Squirrels' forgetting helps trees develop. Tree squirrels are crucial to forest planting. They may be careful about where they bury their acorns and other nuts, but they forget about many caches.  

4. Truffles thrive with squirrels. Truffles also depend on squirrel digestion. Truffles grow underground, unlike above-ground mushrooms. They use hungry squirrels to disseminate their spores to host plants instead of the air.  

5. Few mammals can dash head-first down a tree like squirrels. A squirrel scurrying down a tree may not seem impressive, yet they're doing something special. Unlike most animals, squirrels may drop head-first by rotating their back ankles 180° and gripping the tree trunk with their paws.

6. Several communities compete for “Home of the White Squirrel.” A squirrel is a more popular town mascot than you realize. Many towns claim to be the “home of the white squirrel,” including Kenton, Tennessee; Marionville, Missouri; Exeter, Ontario; and Brevard, North Carolina, home to the White Squirrel Festival.  

7. Squirrels may improve stroke studies. Ground squirrels hibernate in winter, and their brains may help scientists build a stroke-protecting medicine. Arctic ground squirrels may have the lowest body temperature on Earth at 26.7°F while they hibernate.

8. Middle Ages squirrel fur may have spread leprosy. If you always tell folks not to pet or feed squirrels because they spread disease, save this story: In the 9th century, they may have carried leprosy from Scandinavia to the UK.