Squirrel: Habits, Diet and Other Facts
Squirrels belong to a large family of small and medium-sized rodent mammals known as Sciuridae. In Brazil, they are also known as serelepe, caxinguelê, caxinxe, quatimirim, quatipuru, agutipuru or acutipuru. In Galicia and in some parts of Portugal, it is also known as skiing. Squirrels are found all over the world, mostly in temperate or tropical climate zones, but also in some cold climate zones. Like all rodents, it has very strong prey, with which it easily gnaws seeds, especially acorns.
They build nests with leaves and branches to shelter their young from the rain and wind, on very high branches, in trees like the cajarana. During pregnancy, parents prepare the nest to receive offspring ranging from 3 to 10 per litter. When adult, the largest species in the family can measure from 53 to 73 cm in length (with the tail).