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|Red Squirrel Facts|
Red squirrels are rodents. They typically weigh 280-350g and have a body that is 205-220mm in length with a 180mm long tail.
Classified as Lower Risk - near threatened by the IUCN Red List, and listed under Appendix III of the Berne Convention. Threatened in the UK, and protected under Schedules 5 and 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
This attractive mammal has a chestnut upper body, with buff to cream underside, noticeable ear tufts and the famous fluffy tail. The red squirrel moults its coat twice a year but the ear tufts and the tail are only moulted annually. It is a smaller animal than the introduced grey squirrel.
Across most of Europe into northern Asia and Siberia. In this part of its range the red squirrel is not threatened. In the UK it is restricted to a few sites, mainly those free from competition by grey squirrels, which is why it is classified as threatened.
Red squirrels prefer woodland that contains a fair proportion of conifer trees. In Europe they are found in large forests, gardens and parks and at altitudes of up to 2000 m. In the UK they are now chiefly confined to conifer forests but can live in mixed woodland that has yet to be invaded by greys.
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This red squirrel is cute. Grea capture.
- [2009-01-24 7:11]
Vad ca si tu ai postat o poza cu veverita, se pare ca cele din zona ta sunt mai rosiatice.