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|Scientific classification |
Squirrel(Greek, skia "shadow" and oura "tail" ; "tail that casts a shadow") is a medium-sized rodent of the family Sciuridae. In the English-speaking world, it commonly refers to members of the genera Sciurus and Tamiasciurus. These typical members of the family are tree squirrels with large bushy tails, and are indigenous to Europe, Asia and the Americas. Similar genera are found in Africa. However, the Sciuridae also include flying squirrels, and ground squirrels such as the chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks. The unrelated family Anomaluridae also have "squirrel" in their common name, though they are usually referred to as "scaly-tailed flying squirrels". The word squirrel comes from the Old French ésqurial, which itself comes from the Vulgar Latin word scuriolus (squirrel). The pronunciation of this animal's name varies. The British way uses a short "i". The American pronunciation can rhyme either with "curl" or with "Merril", varying regionally.
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- [2007-04-23 23:33]
Wow look at the tail on that squirrel.Very long and bushy.Very good focus with sharp details.You have very good eye contact.TFS