8. They are experts at escaping danger and will zigzag their way to safety if threatened
Highly intelligent and quick on their feet, squirrels are excellent at escaping the clutches of predators. They can sprint at up to 32 kilometres (19.9 miles) per hour and when faced with danger often dart across the forest floor in a zigzag pattern. Not only does this make it difficult for a predator to catch them or predict which way they will go, but it also disguises their intended direction of escape.
They have eyes set on the side of their head, allowing them to spot a potential predator attack from any direction. However, when first faced with danger, squirrels often stand completely still. When the moment is right, they will quickly run and take cover or will zag-zag their way to a tree trunk and climb to safety.
There is one particular tree-dwelling species that makes no attempt to flee. The Indian giant squirrel, one of the largest species of tree squirrel, takes a more unusual approach to escaping the clutches of a bird of prey or a jaguar – flattening its body against a tree.
Indian giant tree squirrelsflatten their bodies to evadepredators