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Resources Suggested resource USA
General Baby squirrel lost its tail India
Stimulus Stimulate motivated behavior UK
Squirrels Squirrel made a home in the feeder USA
Squirrels Squiirels are acting crazy USA
Squirrel Defenses Squirrels claimed Mango tree as their own Sri Lanka
Squirrel Defenses Consequences of squirrel losing tail USA
Hookbills Bird is screaming at night USA
Squirrel Defenses Will a squirrel's tail grow back? USA
Squirrel Defenses Source for squirrel losing tail Canada

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Suggested resource

Topic: Resources


May 26, 2020

Hi there,

My name is Katherine. I'm a research assistant at the University of Connecticut.

I just had to reach out to thank you for providing such great resources on your page:

I am currently doing a study on web-based dissemination of canine nutrition information and while doing my research, I came across your page and found it to be a great reference. I was surprised at the wealth of data available and it significantly helped trim my timeline.

As a small token of my appreciation, I thought of sending along a resource that I came across my research:

This one provides information on dog care but for first-time dog owners and has really great content visuals. I'm hoping it would help a lot of your readers as much as it helped me. If you wouldn't mind adding them to your resources.

Thanks again and hope to hear back from you soon!


Katherine - USA



I'm glad the material has been useful to you and your research.

Thanks for the your suggested resource. I added a link at:

Best wishes for success in your work.

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Baby squirrel lost its tail

Topic: General


April 30, 2020

Baby squirrel lose its tail we can help
How much time its take to grow again

Jagriti - India



Losing its tail is often a mechanism to save the squirrel's life when attacked. Unfortunately, the tail does not grow back, and the loss of it affects the life of the squirrel.

See What Happens When A Squirrel Loses Its Tail? for good information on the subject.

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Stimulate motivated behavior

Topic: Stimulus


May 8, 2018

Explain what stimulus stimulates motivated behaviour.

Nichole - UK



A stimulus is any object or event that elicits a sensory or behavioral response in an organism.

Motivated behavior is the influence of an individual's needs and desires both have a strong impact on the direction of their behavior. Motivation is based on your emotions and achievement-related goals. There are different forms of motivation including extrinsic, intrinsic, physiological, and achievement motivation.

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Squirrel made a home in the feeder

Topic: Squirrels


May 14, 2017

OK, I hope this one does not stump you, but I had bought many months ago, a metal squirrel feeder with a lid, and my Wife and I have enjoyed watching them, eat, play, get closer and more trustworthy of us.

But a couple of days ago a very strange thing occurred. As I was standing on our deck looking at the squirrel feeder over on the fence, something looked odd, so I went over to look. A squirrel had climbed INSIDE, with the lid closed and appeared all curled up, either asleep or I was afraid had died. I wasn't sure what to do. I finally rousted him awake (Whew, wasn't dead), but he sure appeared afraid.

I went to prop the lid open, looking for something to use, figuring if I propped it open, he'd leave. Well minutes later I came up with something (He had plenty of time to escape while I was looking, but hadn't). While I was in the process of trying to prop the lid open, the squirrel came flying out of there, startling the CRAP out of me>>LOL.

Well I figured, lesson learned for him or HERS>>LOL. Won't do that again. Well late this afternoon, early evening, there it was again. It took me longer to prompt it to leave, and I decided to take the feeder down, and plan to give it and the near new bag of feed away.

But I am still wondering, why this behavior, why now, this one squirrel after so many months??? Didn't appear ill, because it ran like the dickens.

Steve - USA



It sounds to me like the squirrel thought it found a good home that included a source of food. Of course, you frightened the critter when you tried to prop open the lid.

We had a squirrel feeder on our back deck and supplied it with peanuts. But then one of them ate a hole in the sliding screen door and would start to come into the kitchen to beg for food. We then removed the feeder to discourage them.

They are clever little animals and fun to watch, but they can be a nuisance too.

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Squiirels are acting crazy

Topic: Squirrels


June 10, 2015

I have seen this on more than one occasion. Squirrel looks healthy, but they don't seem right in the head. It will appear to throw it self to the ground and do flips in the air. Roll and tumble. Run in short bursts and repeated the same actions. I am in hopes that you are able to answer some of these questions for me. Should I be concerned? Thank you for your time. DKD

Debbie - USA



Adolescent squirrels can tend to act crazy, especially during mating season. It may be an effort to impress a possible mate or just to have fun.

Some people wondered if it was a sign of rabies. However, that is doubtful, since very few squirrels catch the disease.

At the very least, observe and enjoy their antics.

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Squirrels claimed Mango tree as their own

Topic: Squirrel Defenses


May 30, 2015

Dear Sir,
In my back yard I have a small mango tree. When there are fruits it's inhabited by two squirrels only. However about 20m away there was another Mango tree where about 10 -12 squirrels come and eat mangos, but they never come to my Mango tree. So we happily eat mangoes with these two who may eat about 8 - 10 out of about 300 or so that are available through out the season.

Recently my neighbour cut his tree. We were scared that all those squirrels would attack our tree, but to our surprise non did. Does this mean that squirrels have their own territory and do not allow others to come to their location? I know that such a trait is there with tigers, cheetas etc.
Please enlighten me.

Kind regards.

Nalin - Sri Lanka



It certainly looks like the two squirrels in your Mango tree had staked out their claim to the tree, probably through some urine markings. Perhaps they also had shown aggression toward other squirrels that wanted to eat from "their tree", such that the others did not want to take any chances trying to get the mangoes.

Since there are probably many other places they can go to get their food, they just moved on to a different territory.

Marking their own territory is a good way to avoid costly fights among the various animals.

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Consequences of squirrel losing tail

Topic: Squirrel Defenses


January 13, 2015

There is a squirrel in my back yard whose tail is absent. What are the consequences of the loss of this appendage for the squirrel?

Thank you for answering.

Joanne - USA



Sometimes a squirrel will lose part of its tail when trying to get away from a predator. A major use for the tail is to help with balance, although it is also used for communication, as well as warmth when sleeping.

Hopefully, the little fellow will be able to get by without its tail.

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Bird is screaming at night

Topic: Hookbills


September 4, 2014

Thank you so much for reading this.

I live in Auburn California and for the last several nights, between 2 and 5 am something is screaming all by itself. It fades then gets louder and closer then seems to fly away again yet I cant see or hear any kind of wings. My backyard is all natural oak like a forest. The screams sound like between an old small dog or even an old lady. Its deafening.

Upon much investigation its gotta be some kind of Hook bill.

The screams are heartbreaking. Is there anything I can do to help him? Its calling for something I don't think we'll ever find. I just want to hold him and tell him everything is o.k.

I know this is stupid, but maybe I can find a way to comfort him. Is that possible?

Tonight is the third night. I'll hear if he's still out there. If he is, I'll email you back. If he isn't, I guess there's no reason you'd have to email me back as well.

Thank You for your time,

Oona - USA



If the screaming happened only one night, I'd guess it was an animal caught by a coyote or such. But several nights in a row, it sure sounds like some sort of bird.

The screams or squawks may not be calls of distress, but perhaps some normal noise-making, especially if it happens about the same time in the late night. Could it be a mating call?

If it is a pet hook bill that got lose, you might see it during the day.

You might check with the Audubon Society in California to see if there is something you can do.

It is nice that you are concerned. Best wishes on helping out our feathered friend.

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Will a squirrel's tail grow back?

Topic: Squirrel Defenses


May 3, 2014

If a squirrel loses it's tail will it grow back?

Ann - USA



Apparently, it partially grows back, resulting in a stump for a tail. Where the bones in the tail have been lost, they will not rejuvenate.

People have reported seeing squirrels with a furry stump for a tail.

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Source for squirrel losing tail

Topic: Squirrel Defenses


April 29, 2014

How does a squirrel's tail break off so easily. Can you please tell me your source for this.

Marley - Canada



I don't think the squirrel's tail breaks off easily, but it will break if grabbed by a person or other animal. There aren't many good resources on this.

The Univ. of California-Davis Wiki has a mention of it in answer to a question.

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