Why do squirrels collect nuts?

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If you were a squirrel, some of your favorite foods would probably be nuts and seeds like acorns! Have you ever seen a squirrel in a park or a forest, running around with acorns and burying them or collecting them into piles? Why do they do this??

The reason why squirrels collect nuts is to prepare for winter, when it becomes harder for them to find food!

Because nuts and seeds are not readily available in winter, squirrels spend a lot of time in the fall collecting them to prepare! In the middle of winter, when there aren’t new nuts or seeds falling from the trees, squirrels can rely on their storage for food to eat! 

Another cool benefit to squirrels who collect and bury nuts is that it helps trees! Squirrels bury many nuts, but usually don’t retrieve all of them. The ones that stay buried in the ground sprout into new trees! – Awesome!!

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    Some other squirrelly facts

    Did you know that there are about 200 different species of squirrels in the world?! 

    Of these 200 different squirrel species, the largest type is the Indian Giant Squirrel, which can grow to be three feet long! – It’s the tail of this squirrel that usually makes up about two of those three feet of length!!

    Can you imagine what it would be like to have a tail that was about twice as long as your body? In what ways might having a tail like that be difficult, and in what ways might it be helpful??

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