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American Red Squirrel

Family: Sciuridae American Red Squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicusTamiasciurus hudsonicusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy John Read
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Looking to rescue and raise a baby squirrel.  LB

   The American Red Squirrel is adorable, a lively little 'chittering" critter!

   The Red Squirrel is also known as the Chickaree or the Hudson's Bay Squirrel. The name Chickaree came from its noisy chattering. And like most squirrels, it is very fond of repeating its cries frequently.

   This is a graceful lively little animal. In its natural environment the American Red Squirrel has a tendency to be a bit fearless of humans and often tends to be heedless of human presence.

For more information about the care of American Red Squirrels see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Squirrel


Geographic Distribution
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Sciuridae
  • Genus: Tamiasciurus
  • Species: hudsonicus
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Scientific name: Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Background:    American Red squirrels are found mostly in Alaska and Canada, the Northeast of the US, and also reach down into the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains south of Georgia. They are the most numerous species of the genus Sciurus around New York and the Eastern states.
   Regular little talkers, they have a routine call they repeat every minute or so. They also have a chattering alarm, that when sounded will be prolonged for five or six seconds and can be heard up to a quarter of a mile away.
  Their homes are in tree cavities or in water-proof leaf nests high up in the trees, sometimes as high as 60 feet. They also dig burrows in the ground, but these are for food storage.
   Unlike their larger cousin the Gray Squirrel, which can subsist on a rather small quantity of buds and nuts through the winter months, the American Red Squirrel is extremely active in the snowy seasons and requires large amounts of seeds and nuts. They have a habit of hoarding large quantities of food in burrows, neighboring trees, and in their nests.

Description:    American Red squirrels are covered with short hair and appear mostly reddish, having brown, black, and yellow specks throughout, with a white underbelly.

Interesting Facts:    - American Red Squirrels are hunted in Canada for their fur seasonally.
   - They eat a certain type of mushroom called 'Amanita' that is poisonous to
      humans.
   - Their preferred food is pine seeds, and their winter stores sometimes
      contain more than 150 pinecones!
   - They are active mostly during the day - particularly at dawn and in late
      afternoon - and sleep at night.
   - They are capable of both swimming and diving.

Author: Jasmine Brough
Lastest Animal Stories on American Red Squirrel


LB - 2016-01-23
Looking to rescue and raise a baby squirrel.

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Joe hug - 2015-10-28
I would like a female and male red squirrel , I currently have a male grey and he needs some new family members. I live in Ohio and wouldn't mind driving

  • Mandy - 2016-01-01
    Do you know where we can buy a squirrel. We are in process of moving to ohio and are looking to buy.
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Carl Easterling - 2015-11-05
I have a young female flying sq and a boy grey, i want to add a nice red sq,, can someone help me te which sex to get and one for sale, im in central florida

  • sheila Adams - 2015-12-05
    I believe its against the law to sell them ask someone who does tree service and I'm sure they will help you out... I'm Sheila from Mabelvale ARKANSAS
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Brian - 2014-11-23
Hello, I am looking to purchase a baby squirrel as a christmas present for my fiance, Melissa. She has raised squirrels and sugar gliders in the past and has 'hinted' that she wants one for christmas. This baby will be going to a great home with lots of love. Please help!!! I am located in Northeastern Massachusetts. Thanks

  • Spencer - 2015-03-30
    Buy one from me.
  • crystal heuer - 2015-10-11
    @Spencer.....any baby/young squirrels available?
    Thanks in advance!
  • Sara - 2015-10-12
    Can u get anymore. Or have any
  • david - 2015-10-20
    Available $200 6 wk male last one
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LB - 2016-01-23
Looking to rescue and raise a baby squirrel.

Reply
Joe hug - 2015-10-28
I would like a female and male red squirrel , I currently have a male grey and he needs some new family members. I live in Ohio and wouldn't mind driving

  • Mandy - 2016-01-01
    Do you know where we can buy a squirrel. We are in process of moving to ohio and are looking to buy.
Reply
Brian - 2014-11-23
Hello, I am looking to purchase a baby squirrel as a christmas present for my fiance, Melissa. She has raised squirrels and sugar gliders in the past and has 'hinted' that she wants one for christmas. This baby will be going to a great home with lots of love. Please help!!! I am located in Northeastern Massachusetts. Thanks

  • Spencer - 2015-03-30
    Buy one from me.
  • crystal heuer - 2015-10-11
    @Spencer.....any baby/young squirrels available?
    Thanks in advance!
  • Sara - 2015-10-12
    Can u get anymore. Or have any
  • david - 2015-10-20
    Available $200 6 wk male last one
Reply
Lyle Morton - 2015-04-30
If anyone knows where i can find a baby red squirrel for sell at please contacts me. I don't mind to drive. Please let me know if there is a website or store i can get one at.

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