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Red Squirrel

Description: Red squirrels were named for their brownish red fur on their upper bodies. They also have white underbodies separated from the top by a dark stripe. They have light colored rings around their eyes, and their tails are somewhat bushy, but not as large as other tree squirrels. These little rodents are quick and full of energy. If you see one, it will very likely be darting around with jerky, very busy movements.  

Red Squirrel 
© John J. Mosesso, courtesy of /life.nbii.gov

 
Habitat: These little squirrels are found throughout Idaho’s forests. If you go camping on either BLM lands or other public lands in forested areas, you will probably see red squirrels darting through your campsite or nearby. 
 
Food: Red squirrels usually eat seeds from conifer cones, nuts, fungi, and fruits. Because they love to eat conifer seeds, they are a great help to forest ecosystems. By collecting cones for seeds, they help spread them and allow new conifer seeds to sprout. They do not hibernate in winter, so they must always work to store food for winter months. 

Fun Facts: Red squirrels store conifer cones in storage areas called middens. Red squirrels have been known to store up to 20,000 cones in one midden for winter food storage!  

red squirrel
©2006 Charles H. Warren, Courtesy of life.nbii.gov


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Herbivore Mammals

Jackrabbit
Pygmy rabbit
Desert cottontail
Beaver
Eastern gray squirrel
Red squirrel
Chipmunk
Deer mouse
Kangaroo rat
Meadow vole
Mule deer
Elk
Bighorn sheep
American pronghorn
Moose


Carnivore Mammals

Bobcat
American badger
River otter
Red fox
Long-tailed weasel
Coyote
Grizzly bear
Mountain lion


Amphibians

Salamanders

Long-toed salamander
Idaho giant salamander
Coeur d'Alene salamander

Frogs and Toads

American bullfrog
Columbia spotted frog
Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot

Reptiles

Snakes

Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
Desert horned lizard
Sagebrush lizard
Western fence lizard
Western skink
Side-blotched lizard
Longnosed leopard lizard
Western whiptail


Bats

Western pipistrelle
Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
Yuma myotis
Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
Bull trout
Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
Yellow-billed cuckoo


Birds

Waterfowl
Raptors
Songbirds

Fish