In our tree-top roost on Farwell Avenue, squirrels are a major source of entertainment. Recently, I was startled by a squirrel running up the tree outside our lunchroom during a meeting. When I jumped, everyone at the lunch table jumped. And that led to squirrel stories.
Christina told us about how she saw a tiny squirrel scramble up a tree with half a corncob in its mouth. Tara said that her neighbor, a scuba diver who happened to carve his Halloween pumpkin underwater, had to contain his anger at a squirrel that destroyed it. One neighbor said she fretted about fast drivers endangering our neighborhood squirrels.
All this squirrel talk piqued our inquiring minds so we started thinking of some squirrelly questions: How many teeth do squirrels have? How many teeth do we have? How are squirrel teeth different from human teeth?
Squirrels scurry through most neighborhoods. More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world except, oddly enough, Australia. The tiniest squirrel is the African pygmy squirrel and it is only five inches long from nose to tail. The Indian giant squirrel is three feet long. Five species of tree squirrels live in Wisconsin: the gray squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel, and two species of flying squirrel.
Squirrel teeth re-grow!
Squirrels in our neighborhood eat nuts, leaves, roots, bark, seeds, and other plants. They also dine on small animals, such as insects and baby birds. Tree sap is a delicacy to some species.
A tough nut or crusty bread is not an enemy of squirrel teeth like it is for us lowly humans. Squirrel teeth never stop growing. They have four front teeth that regenerate and never wear down from their constant gnawing.
We always love interesting questions – whether we are pondering about squirrels or thinking over the great questions kids ask us. We’re curious and we love tracking down the answers!
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