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Red Squirrels Tunneling

2-10-15  red squirrel snow tunnel IMG_0579Although most of their food is stored above ground, red squirrels will also bury some in underground tunnels. The holes (2” to 4” diameter) leading to these underground caches are somewhat larger than those of chipmunks and often have a pile of cone bracts (midden) right outside or nearby. In winter, red squirrels also make snow tunnels (above the ground), which allow them to run from one food source to another in relative safety. Gray squirrels occasionally will tunnel, but not to the extent red squirrels do.

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7 responses

  1. mary

    My friend saw a gray squirrel stay under for two minutes, to come up with an acorn!

    February 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

  2. They will also, as my spouse and I just discovered last week, cache seeds in the airbox of one’s car. :/

    February 10, 2015 at 10:52 am

  3. we could learn from the red squirrel. Starting my tunnel up to the garage today!

    February 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  4. Micky McKinley

    The reddys have networks of tunnels under my bird feeders. They provide me with good entertainment on snow days.

    February 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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