Squirrel, the Common, or Sciurus vulgaris, L. a lively little quadruped, abounding in the woods of Britain, as well as in other parts of Europe, Asia, and North Ame-rica. Its head, body, legs, and tail, are of a bright, reddish-brown colour ; though, in the northern climates, there are. white and black squirrels, the coat of which changes to a fine grey in the winter, and affords an elegant kind of light fur.
These animals feed on acorns, nuts, the young shoots or trees, and particularly- the cones of firs. They construct their nests with moss and dried leaves, in the branches of trees, where the females produce in April, or May, from 3 to 7 young, which may be easily domesticated ; but their sharp fore-teeth ought to be ex-tracted otherwise their severe may prove dangerous. The hunting of squirrels affords amusement in autumn, and early in the winter, when these animals are fat: they are caught both for confining them in cages as objects of curiosity, and for the table; as their flesh is very delicate, and possesses a sweet flavour.