belong to the order "Rodentia", with 1650 species, it
is the largest group of living mammals. It also comprises
forty percent of all present day mammal species.
are over 365 species of squirrels in seven families. They
include the tree squirrel, ground squirrel, and flying
squirrel. Plus many squirrel-like mammals such as the
gopher, ground hog and prairie dog.
are the most active in late winter, when the mating season
begins. The males will chase a females, as well as, chase
off other suitors. This ritual of chasing, occurs through
the trees at top speed. While they perform some of the
most breathtaking acrobatics imaginable.