Squirrels

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Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa and have been introduced to Australia. Squirrels are first attested in the Eocene, about forty million years ago, and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to dormice among living species.

The word squirrel, first attested in 1327, comes via Anglo-Norman esquirel from the Old French escurel, the reflex of a Latin word sciurus. This Latin word was itself borrowed from Ancient Greek word σκίουρος, skiouros, which means shadow-tailed, referring to the bushy appendage possessed by many of its members.

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* Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. - Robert Burton


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  • Tips, serious and not, for keeping squirrels away
    They're vermin to some. Cunning adversaries to others. Squirrels have long been a source of fascination and frustration for gardeners and bird enthusiasts engaged in a near-constant battle to keep them away from the nuts and seeds put out for birds. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'
  • Squirrels invade sports
    The world of sports can be very unpredictable - one prime example being when squirrels enter the action. Take a look at some moments when squirrels became part of the game. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'
  • Once king, squirrel hunting still big in East Texas
    Three native East Texans of a certain age loitered in the back of a windowless room in the bunker-like Capitol Extension in Austin one early-May afternoon a few years ago, waiting for the much-delayed start of a legislative committee session set to consider a passel of bills involving outdoor recreation. Squirrels were those semi-domestic arboreal rodents that liv Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'

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