The 7 Coolest Squirrels You've Never Seen
Today, January 21, is the fifteenth annual Squirrel Appreciation Day. To help kick-start your appreciation, we thought we'd introduce you to squirrel species so obscure they're only known by squirrel hipsters. (Which is you, now.)
1. EURASIAN RED SQUIRREL (SCIURUS VULGARIS)
The red squirrel is a common sight in the forests of Europe and Asia, but is relatively unknown across the pond. In recent years, however, their populations are on the decline in England, Ireland, and Italy—in part because of the introduction of the ravenous eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolensis) from the United States.
2. JAPANESE SQUIRREL (SCIURUS LIS)
Sciurus lis can be found in conifer forests on the Japanese islands of Honshū, Kyūshū, and Shikoku.
3. FINLAYSON’S SQUIRREL (CALLOSCIURUS FINLAYSONII)
This southeast Asian squirrel makes its home in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
4. INDIAN GIANT SQUIRREL (RATUFA INDICA)
5. AND 6. JAPANESE AND SIBERIAN DWARF FLYING SQUIRRELS (PTEROMYS MOMONGA AND PTEROMYS VOLANS)
7. GRIZZLED GIANT SQUIRREL (RATUFA MACROURA)
A near neighbor of the Indian giant squirrel, this rugged-looking species is the runt of the giant squirrel family. It spends most of its time in trees and can jump spans of nearly 20 feet from one tree to another.