A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: South African Tree Squirrel

Do they bury seeds? Or eat nuts?

Post 1

paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

So many questions.

Our squirrels are notorious for eating and burying acorns. They will also eat birdseed. Maybe they would be omnivorous like your squirrels?

50 million years of squirrels? That must be among the longest tenures.
Okay, not compared to trilobites or cockroaches, or dragonflies, but anyway.


Do they bury seeds? Or eat nuts?

Post 2

Willem

Hiya! It's in there ... they do eat nuts yes and many other seeds, and they do bury them, each having several caches.

For mammalian groups they're fairly old, and haven't changed much ... the 'template' for squirrels had been set early on and it's hard to improve on it.

Shrews, now, are not very different from the very first mammals that evolved about 200 million years ago!


Do they bury seeds? Or eat nuts?

Post 3

paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

Sorry I missed that in your entry. I read too fast and miss things. smiley - blush


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