Types of Squirrels...
According to Kerri Gardner from Demand Media, there are over 200 different species of squirrels in the world and each species looks a little bit different.
All squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae which consists of small and medium sized rodents like marmots and chipmunks. The squirrels we are most familiar with are in the sub family Sciurinae and the genus Sciurus.
Squirrels in Maryland...
Squirrels in Michigan...
The squirrels in Michigan are the Fox Squirrel, Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Northern Flying Squirrel, and Southern Flying Squirrel.
The Squirrels We See...
The Michigan squirrels may be well fed, but that's not the reason why they look so different from the Maryland squirrels!
The squirrels we seem to see in our Maryland backyard are the Eastern Grey Squirrels while the squirrels we see in Grandma's backyard in Michigan are the Fox Squirrels - 2 different species of squirrels!
For more information on squirrels and great pictures, check out #squirrelappreciationday on twitter!
To help scientists learn more about squirrels, go to http://scistarter.com/project/38-Project%20Squirrel
The history of squirrels in Ann Arbor, MI http://michigantoday.umich.edu/just-nuts/
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