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Happy 5 Years for In Otter News and Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since In Otter News was born. I actually had a dream that night before, on Jan 20th 2011, that I was writing this blog, and when I woke up, I just had to bring it to fruition. Thank-you for all your support through the years.


Today is also Squirrel Appreciation Day. This is a most awesome coincidence, since the squirrel is one of my totem animals. The squirrel is featured on my mother’s family crest, and my senior thesis in college was on comparative behavior (ethology) between ground squirrels (prairie dogs) and arboreal squirrels (tree squirrels). Fun fact about squirrels: their genus name is Sciurus, which in Greek means “tail shadow,” which refers to the squirrels sitting underneath the shadows of their tails.


So to celebrate, here are adorable pictures of squirrels of many different species! I hope you enjoy. (All photo credits are found at the end of this blog post).

I wasn't kidding about the family crest. I can't make this stuff up. :-D

The Western Grey Squirrel is found along the western coast of the United States and Canada. Growing up in Los Angeles, this was the first squirrel who burrowed into my heart. <3


The Eastern Grey Squirrel is the most common American tree squirrel, native to the Eastern and Midwestern United States, and to the eastern provinces of Canada.


Several species of squirrels have melanistic phases. Melanism is a development of a dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism. The most common variety seen in urban areas is the melanistic form of the eastern gray squirrel.

The red squirrel or Eurasian red squirrel common throughout Eurasia. In German, they're known as Eichhörnchen, and are famously difficult to pronounce.

African pygmy squirrels are the smallest squirrel species in the world, measuring to about seventy millimeters, about the size of a mouse. It is found in Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.

The Indian giant squirrel, or Malabar giant squirrel, is the largest tree squirrel species in the world. An adult's body length is around 14 inches long, and the tail length is approximately 2 feet long.

Prevost's squirrel or Asian tri-colored squirrel is found in the forests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. Prevost's squirrel are among the most colourful mammals in the world with their black upperparts and tail, reddish-orange underparts, and whitish thighs and flanks.


Prairie dogs are burrowing ground squirrels native to the grasslands of North America. When I lived in Denver, they were all over the place! They live complex social communities, have language, and even kiss each other!

The yellow-bellied marmot, also known as the rock chuck, is a ground squirrel in the marmot genus. This marmot lives in the western United States and southwestern Canada, including the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada and Mount Rainier in Washington State.

The golden marmot, or long-tailed marmot, is found in mountainous regions in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, India and China. Its altitudinal range is from 3,200 to 4,850 metres (10,500 to 15,910 ft) above sea level. Their golden fur makes them one of the most beautiful rodents I have ever seen pictures of, and hope someday, I can see one with my own eyes, out in the wilderness.


My thanks to all these photographers:–gets-given-cold-shoulder.html

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