Squirrels and relatives III

Tree squirrels

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Sciurognathi Family Sciuridae Subfamily Sciurinae

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Small to medium sized rodents, hind limbs disproportionately long; most species have a prominent tail; fur color extremely variable

Size

Head and body length 2.95-18 in (75-460 mm), tail almost as long again; 0.53 oz-6 lb (15-3,000 g)

Number of genera, species

21 genera; 117 species

Habitat

Forest, woodland, scrub, urban areas, parks, and gardens

Conservation status

Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 14 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 20 species; eight subspecies are considered threatened

Distribution

Found on all continents except Antarctica and Australia

Distribution

Found on all continents except Antarctica and Australia

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