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squirrels and relatives


There are more than 300 species of squirrels and relatives in the world. This group includes squirrels of many kinds, Old World dormice, and a strange species called mountain beavers. This group is found throughout the world and most members are either omnivorous or eat mainly plant materials like seeds, fruits, and leaves.


Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

University of Michigan Museum of ZoologyNational Science Foundation

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Dewey, T. . "Sciuromorpha" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed May 23, 2024 at

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