5. They can sprint up a tree vertically and jump three metres (9.8 feet) in a single leap
Squirrels are incredibly agile, and their light body weight and small size make them experts at navigating the forests. They are extremely fast and can sprint vertically up a tree at up to 19 kilometres (11.8 miles) per hour but can reach 32 kilometres (19.9 miles) per hour on flat ground.
They have extremely small, sharp claws that can grip onto almost any surface, allowing the squirrels to hang upside down and in the most precarious of places. But it’s their reversible hind paws that make these rodents so versatile – they can twist their feet forwards or backwards, allowing them to grip and run down a tree headfirst as fast as they can run up it.
Not only can they run fast, but they also perform aerial acrobatics. Squirrels can jump vertically over 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) and can leap between objects that are over three metres (9.8 feet) apart. That is equivalent to a human leaping over a bus and jumping from a five-story building.
While a squirrel’s frontpaws feature four toes, its hind paws areequipped with five