Squirrels (Family Sciuridae)
The sciurids or squirrels are a large family of rodents. The word
Sciuridae means "shade-tail," and refers to the bushy appendage
possessed by many of its members. It includes tree squirrels, ground
squirrels, chipmunks, the marmots (which include woodchucks), and
the true flying squirrels. Sciurids are found in all continents except
Australia and Antarctica.
Sciurids are generally small animals, ranging in size from the African
pygmy squirrel, at 7–10 cm (2.8–3.9 in) in length, and just 10 g (0.35 oz)
in weight, to the Alpine marmot, which is 53–73 cm (21–29 in) long, and
weighs from 5 to 8 kg (11 to 18 lb).
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