Red Squirrel

Name: Red Squirrel

Scientific name: Sciurus vulgaris

Category: Mammals

Nature Stars: 80

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How to identify: Told from the Grey Squirrel by its smaller size, reddish-brown fur (although it can look darker and duller in the autumn/winter) and by the obvious tufts of hair on the end of the ears.

Where: Strongholds are Scotland, the Lake District and Northumberland with some isolated remnant populations further south in England and Wales including Anglesey, Formby in Lancashire, Brownsea Island in Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 90
  • Rarity: 80
  • Cute factor: 100
  • Traveller: 30

Fantastic fact: Red Squirrels are threatened by a disease called Squirrel Pox, a virus that is carried by Grey Squirrels but that is fatal for Red Squirrels.

Photograph credit: Robin Redfern

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