How Big Can Squirrels Get?

February 14, 2024

Despite their name squirrels can be any color – black, brown, gray, and white. Their size varies greatly according to their species. Squirrels that live underground tend to be shorter so they can burrow through the soil and those that spend most of their time in trees are leaner to allow them to move quickly through branches. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.

How Big Can Squirrels Get?

Squirrels grow to about the size of a large house cat. They can reach a length of up to 30 inches including their tail and weigh around two pounds on average. They are omnivores and eat tree buds, seeds, nuts, berries, fungi, agricultural crops, and even acorns. They are preyed on by hawks, falcons, owls, cats, dogs, foxes, coyotes, and other ground and air-borne predators.

The biggest squirrels are the eastern fox squirrels which have an overall length of 20 to 30 inches and weigh up to 2.5 pounds. These creatures have bushy tails and a coloration that is a blend of black, white, and brown.

There is also a subspecies of eastern fox squirrel that has a more distinctive “foxy” coloration and can be a solid dark gray with a reddish tint. Then there is a whole genus of giant flying squirrels in Asia that can grow up to a meter long with a tail that is more than two feet wide. This one is called the red and white giant flying squirrel and lives in mountainous regions of China, India, and Laos.


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