Squirrels are small mammals found all over the world, especially in wooded areas. Although these critters are generally not pets, they are fascinating little creatures that can make interesting companions.

There are around 267 different species of squirrel, coming from 49 different genera. They are not usually available for pets, but some of the most common squirrels in the USA are the American Red Squirrel, the Gray Squirrel, and the Southern Flying Squirrel. The flying squirrels are available for pets in some areas.

What’s in the name?
  Genus: Sciurus
(Latin term for ‘Squirrel’)
means…”the animal that sits
in the shadow of its tail”

American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrel
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Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Eastern Gray Squirrel

eastern gray squirrel on the ground
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Sciurus carolinensis

Southern Flying Squirrel

Southern flying squirrel
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Glaucomys volans

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