Bushy-tailed squirrels are known for, and named after, their prominent and fluffy tails. Flicking their bushy tails is a method of communication between the squirrels. They also have large ears and possess sharp claws that help them climb. There are 28 species of bushy-tailed squirrel, all in genus Sciurus. They are found in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Scientific name: Sciurus
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Bushy-tailed squirrels distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
The genus Sciurus contains most of the common, bushy-tailed squirrels in North America, Europe, temperate Asia, Central America and South America.
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