Squirrel is a generic term that includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (like woodchucks), flying squirrels, prairie dogs, and a lot many other rodents.

Scientific Name Sciuridae

Classification – Sciuromorpha

Gender Names – Male – buck; Female – doe; Baby – pup, kit, kitten

Collective Noun – dray

Length/Size – 15-30cm (6-12in)

Weight – 250-1,000g (0.5-2.2lbs)

Top Speed – 25km/h (16mph)

Life Expectancy – 2-8 years

Mating Season  Varies between various members of the family

Gestation Period – Widely varies between various members of the family

Social Structure – Varies between various members

Geographical Distribution – The Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and introduced by humans to Australia

Natural Habitat – Woodlands and dense forests

Diet – Fruits, nuts, seeds, insects

Predators – Snakes, coyotes, weasels