The European squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is a rodent of the Sciurus family, widely spread in the European continent. Long about 40 cm (only the tail is 20 cm long), it is red-brown in Central and Northern Europe, black in the Southern one. The lower part is white.
Squirrels have diurnal attitudes and are deft climbers. Their nest, different from ravens’ ones because the opening is down, houses 2-5 baby squirrels even for two births a year, as the mating time occurs in December-June.
Squirrels live in Abruzzo in the mountainous forests as well as in the coastal pine groves, where their number is considerably increasing thanks to the lack of natural predators, such as martens.