Squirrels

Common degu

Designer of Underworlds

Degu squirrel is a small rodent with a long and thin tail, weighing from 170 to 400 g. It is an extremely social rodent that lives in burrows and by digging together they can build larger and more complex burrows than they could do alone. Digging degu coordinate their activities together, forming a digging chain. They have a rich vocal repertoire that includes up to 15 different sounds.

Characteristics

Order:
Rodentia

Family:
Octodontidae

Scientific name of the species:
Octodon degus

Habitat:
Shrubs

Origin:
Chile

Current trend:
Unknown

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
4-5 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Prevost's squirrel

Colorful squirrel

Prevost’s chipmunk, also known as the Asian three-faced chipmunk, is a colorful, medium-sized species of rodent. It is active during the day and mostly stays in trees, occasionally moving on the ground.

Characteristics

Order:
Rodentia

Family:
Octodontidae

Scientific name of the species:
Callosciurus prevostii

Habitat:
Forest

Origin:
Asia

Current trend:
Decrease

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
4-7 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Red squirrel

The golden inhabitant of the forest

The red squirrel has a typical body and head length of 19 to 23 cm, tail length of 15 to 20 cm. The long tail helps the squirrel maintain balance and control when jumping from tree to tree. The red squirrel is a solitary animal and is shy. It makes a nest of twigs, forming a dome about 25 to 30 cm in diameter.

Characteristics

Order:
Rodentia

Family:
Octodontidae

Scientific name of the species:
Sciurus vulgaris

Habitat:
Forest

Origin:
Europe and Asia

Current trend:
Unknown

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
5-10 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

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