Red squirrels have long bushy tails and pointed tufts of fur over their ears. They have white or cream-colored underbellies and their coats darken to a greyish colour in the winter. Their bodies are usually around eight inches long and their tails can add another eight inches to their length. They live in trees, preferring either broadleaf or coniferous. Large trees allow the squirrels to make nests in secure locations far above the ground. These forests and large trees have plenty of seeds and nuts for them to eat. Their diet will include pinecone seeds, hazelnuts, chestnuts, beech nuts, berries, fungus and new leaf growth. The red squirrel lives throughout the northern hemisphere in Eurasia. Sadly, in Italy, Ireland and Great Britain, the populations of red squirrels are plummeting.
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