Squirrels are some of the most recognizable members of the rodent family. They are found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, living in a variety of habitats from mountainous regions to grasslands and forests. Squirrels vary greatly in size, with some species measuring just 10 inches long while others can grow up to 3 feet long. Generally, squirrels have large eyes, short ears, and a tail that often acts like an extra hand for balance when climbing trees or running through branches. As omnivores, squirrels feed on both plants and small animals such as insects and lizards. Some species also cache food items such as nuts and seeds for later consumption. Depending on their habitat, squirrels can be active during any time of day, though they are most active in the early morning and evening hours. Squirrels live both alone and in family groups and remain together until they reach adulthood, at which point they will typically scatter to find their own territory. While humans tend to view them as pests, squirrels play an important role in local ecosystems by dispersing seeds from plants that help to regenerate forests. Therefore, it’s important we take care of our local squirrel populations so these vital creatures can continue doing their part for nature.