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How big do squirrels get?

The vast majority of us have seen squirrels before. These little rodents live in and around homes and farms in our communities and have become as recognizable of an animal as you will find.

If you have a squirrel or a group of squirrels living in your area then you have probably seen them rummaging around all over your neighborhood. They get up into trees and highline wires, as well as scurry around looking for nuts and other food items to be able to use and store as there food.

Truly, these are one of nature’s most industrious creatures. Among the different species of squirrels are such animals as woodchucks, chipmunks, ground squirrels, tree squirrels, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. All of these belong to the same family of rodents in our part of the squirrel family itself.

While there are many recognizable species of squirrels what you will find is that the vast majority are similar to one another in terms of size. Generally, squirrels get to be between five and 18 inches in length. This is what you would find as the size for most that live indigenously throughout North America.

However, there are squirrels that are significantly larger or smaller than the average squirrel size. For example, the African pygmy squirrel is the smallest squirrel on earth. As an adult it gets to be no larger than 3.9 inches in length and can be as small as 2.8 inches. This includes the tail size as well as the body length. These small squirrels generally weigh no more than one third of one ounce making them one of the smallest rodents in terms of size on earth.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Alpine marmot. This squirrel can get rather large in comparison to virtually every other species of squirrel. The average length is somewhere between 21 to 29 inches, and they can weigh as much as 18 pounds.

If you consider the variance for a moment, the difference between these two shows quite an extensive disparity in terms of overall weight and length.

For those living in North America, the two most commonly found squirrels are the ground and the tree squirrels. These are the kinds that you find most often roaming around your yard or in the trees near your home. The squirrels generally range from about 8 to 16 inches in length and weighing approximately 3 to 5 pounds. The length even includes the tail of the animal.

Most would find that the average squirrel is not much larger than the average wrapped. While there are clearly some significant disparities between the two species of rodents, size is quite a similar characteristic between the two animals. Read more: Squirrel Control, How to Get Rid of Squirrels, how to get squirrels out of your attic, Squirrel Feces, How to Keep Squirrels Away from House, How to Kill Squirrels.

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