Squirrels are small to medium-sized rodents that have bushy tails and spend much of their time in trees. Squirrels live in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Squirrels are primarily herbivorous and are known for eating acorns, but they also eat fruit, berries, insects, a variety of nuts, and several other small foods. More than 200 species of squirrel exist around the world, but Australia has none.
Squirrels are fairly small animals that have slender bodies with large eyes. Their fur is silky and soft, and it can range in thickness depending upon the species. Squirrels can live in a wide range of habitats, which can range from desert to rainforest. The large eyes of a squirrel give it excellent vision, which aids them when climbing in trees. Squirrels also have sturdy claws to help them when grasping and climbing.
The smallest type of squirrel is the African pygmy squirrel, which is only about five inches. The Indian giant squirrel can get as large as three feet long, which can be a shock to those who are only familiar with the small, common tree squirrel. Like other types of rodents, squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing so that they don't wear down their teeth from gnawing. Different species of squirrels have different lifestyles; for example, many squirrels spend most of their days in trees, while others burrow in the ground through tunnel systems and some species hibernate throughout the winter.
As squirrels are common throughout many parts of the world, squirrel meat is considered to be a tasty meal for many people. Squirrel meat is said to be sweet and taste like a cross between duck and lamb. Squirrel meat is low in fat, and some consider it to be an ethical food option in comparison to other species that aren't quite as common.