Squirrels. You see them everywhere. But have you been paying attention? Take this Squirrel Week Quiz to test your SQ: Squirrel Quotient.
How many different species of squirrels have scientists identified?
Into what categories are the various squirrel species organized?
Into ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels
Into small squirrels, medium squirrels and big squirrels
Into herbivore squirrels, carnivore squirrels and omnivore squirrels
Into cute squirrels, ugly squirrels and meh squirrels
Is a chipmunk a squirrel?
Only in the Southern Hemisphere
Only in the Northern Hemisphere
Is a groundhog a squirrel?
Only in the Western Hemisphere
Only in the Eastern Hemisphere
What is the world’s smallest squirrel?
African pygmy squirrel
Mississippi pocket squirrel
Japanese bento squirrel
Micronesian micro squirrel
The black squirrels seen around Washington are the same
species as the gray squirrels: Sciurus
carolinensis. Where did D.C.’s black squirrels come from originally?
A park in Ontario, Canada
A walnut farm in Asheville, N.C.
A federal government research facility in Beltsville, Md.
The very bowels of Hell itself
What is a patagium?
The pivoting bone in a squirrel’s feet that allows it to
hang upside down
The parachute-like membrane between a flying squirrel’s
front and back legs that allows it to glide
An Indonesian fruit tree pollinated by the tufted ground
A semi-autonomous, matriarchal collective of squirrels,
sharing such duties as foraging and the raising of offspring
The tufted ground squirrel of Borneo has the biggest, fluffiest
tail of any of the world’s squirrels. What else is unique about this species?
It carries its young in its tail
It kills deer by severing their jugular veins
It uses its tail as an umbrella
It does not taste like chicken
What were biologists startled to witness in 1968?
The migration of millions of gray squirrels across the Eastern
A squirrel with two tails
A subspecies of squirrel whose fur resembled a psychedelic
Flying squirrels dropping from the trees because of acid
Who provided the voice for Rocky the Flying Squirrel on the
1960s cartoon “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”?
Why does a Wisconsin company called Mepps pay hunters as much as 26 cents per squirrel tail?
For use as decorative streamers in Wild West pageants
For use in artists’ paint brushes
For use in custom toupees
For use in fishing lures
In recent years, several class action lawsuits have been
filed in U.S. courts against automakers for an interesting squirrel-related
reason. What is it?
The cars’ collision-avoidance systems were allegedly programmed
not to swerve when they detected a squirrel.
The automakers had replaced plastic-covered wires with
soy-based wiring, allegedly enticing squirrels to chew the wires, causing
The lumbar support cushions were allegedly found to contain
Exhaust tailpipes were allegedly too wide, allowing
squirrels to nest in mufflers.
According to a 1938 article in the New Yorker, what famous historical
figure spent most of
his time “gardening, fishing, and shooting squirrels”?