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Red Squirrels

At Dromoland Castle

A red-haired member of the rodent family, the Red Squirrel is an arboreal creature (spending most of its time high up in trees) with a distinctive bushy tail and long ear tufts. Males and females are the same size and can grow up to 23cm in height with a tail length of between 15 and 20cm. The species’ coat becomes a lighter colour in the warmer summer months.

The Red Squirrel is native to Irish woodland areas and is found in pockets around the country as a result. Contrary to what many people believe, the Squirrel does not hibernate in order to survive the cold winter months. It does, however, store food during Autumn months and while it’s generally a solitary creature, it can share a drey with several others to keep warm.