[Low L., from Gk.] A beautiful little gnawing animal, of different colors and sizes found in all parts of the world except Australia The tail is not only the squirrel's greatest orna-ment, but is of the utmost use to it in leaping The hairs stretch out on both sides like a fan and serve to guide the animal. The flying-squirrel is so called from its having a skin, as thin as paper, but covered with fur, stretching between the front and hind legs, which makes a kind of wing, with which it can jump from tree to tree. It is found in Java, India, America, and Siberia. The common red squirrel lives among trees, building a round nest at the top of a very high tree. It eats nuts, acorns, and corn, and lays up a store of food for use in winter and spring. Its hind legs are longer than its front ones, between which it holds its food. The chipmunk or ground squirrel is so called because, though it can climb trees very well, it does not live in them, but makes its nest in burrows deep under the ground. It has large cheek-pouches, in which it carries its food to its underground store-houses. It is a beautiful striped animal, and is common in North America, where it is also called the chipping squirrel.

SQUIRREL.

SQUIRREL.