Monday, September 5, 2016

Squirrels

Today's Creation Moment: Squirrels
Genesis 1:31
And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Even though you may think of squirrels as pesky creatures (sometimes they can be), they're actually a really neat creature. Squirrels are about 8-20" long and can weigh from .33-1.5 lbs. In the wild, squirrels live for about 6 years. Did you know there are over 100 species of tree squirrels? They inhabit all of the world's continents except for Antarctica. As indicated by their name, tree squirrels are arboreal, and they often make their homes either in tree cavities or leaf nests, which are constructed of leaves, twigs, bark, and other nesting materials. All tree squirrels rely on mast (the dry fruit from woody plants and trees)-especially acorns and other nuts-for food.  Some of the squirrel's favorite foods include walnuts, sunflower seeds, fruits, and berries.  In warmer months when food is more abundant, squirrels cache (hoard) food like nuts for the winter. They'll dig small holes in the ground to bury their food, and  sometimes they'll use abandoned burrows, to hide their stash for a later date.  In an effort to deceive other animals and protect their real food caches, squirrels will pretend to bury food periodically, digging empty holes and covering them up with leaves.
Although squirrels store food in different locations, they don't always remember where they buried it. Unrecovered nuts and seeds give way to germinating trees.
Squirrels are diurnal, which means they are mainly active during the day. They don't hibernate but will usually spend long hours in their nests during the cold winter months.
Squirrels are extremely vocal-they bark, chatter, scream, and purr to communicate with one another. They also communicate through body language, by moving their tails and stomping their feet.
A squirrel's teeth never stop growing, so they must continually chew and gnaw to keep their teeth filed down.
God designed squirrels with one unique tail. They use their fluffy tails to balance when traveling through treetops and electrical lines. A squirrel's tail can also serve as a parachute to ease falls-squirrels can fall from heights of up to 100 feet without injuring themselves. Truly the squirrel is an amazing part of God's creation. 

Thanks daddy for suggesting a creation moment about squirrels. Do you have an animal in mind that you'd like to know more about? Leave a comment below!  :-) 
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I wanted to let you all know that Dairy Queen is giving away a free small Oreo Frappe per customer from 2-5 on Tuesday, September 6th.  Click here to find a participating Dairy Queen near you. 
Have fun!  :D 

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