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American Red Squirrel

Family: Sciuridae American Red Squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicusTamiasciurus hudsonicusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy John Read
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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... (more)  Brian

   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


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.
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Spencer - 2015-03-30
Squirrels are awesome.

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Siena Firenza - 2014-11-26
Dear Sirs, I want to get an american red squirrel and I live in Cyprus where the temperatures vary from -5 to +45. Do you think it's a good idea? What aspects should I ber careful of? Thank you.

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-12-02
    I'm not sure you can get an American Red Squirrel, but perhaps you can get the Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) as it is found throughout Eurasia, which is in close proximity to where you are. I suggest you read about it on Wikipedia to determine if it would be suitable in your area and climate. I'm guessing temperature won't be a problem, but providing the right habitat for it year round may take serious consideration. These would be the same considerations for the American Red Squirrel.
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Susan J Caine - 2014-11-28
We have a beautiful extremely small red squirrel. He was born in our porch with 4 other babies on April 9th 2014. One squirrel died and the other three went into the 'wild' which is our yard and are hopefully okay. The tiny baby red squirrel is called Squiggly. His mom was found at about 5 weeks of age in the middle of the road and raised by us and is trying to survive her first winter outside (but has a way to enter the house if necessary) ... Squiggly has a tooth problem which is why we held him back. The top teeth are one tusk and one growing towards his throat, and only one bottom tooth which is very long, straight, sharp and threatens to cut his nose. We have to cut his teeth every 3 or so weeks. He is sooo tiny. I think he is a cross between a red squirrel and a mouse. Is that possible? Also, he is not as smart as his mom Squirmy. His sister Wiggles was really smart and about the same size as her mom Squirmy ... Squiggly is very fussy about what he eats and has a hard time eating. Ideas?

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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.
Reply