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Are grey squirrels really bad for the overall habitat in Germany?

Yes, they do damage habitats, namely from bark stripping, and disease. This is why the UK class them as a pest. However it is not limited to grey squirrels as red squirrels also strip bark, but they ...
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Are grey squirrels really bad for the overall habitat in Germany?

Excellent answers already; one point no-one has covered is that greys will occasionally eat eggs / chicks of small birds. Wikipedia says there is a lack of evidence on the actual impact of that, but ...
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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

In the picture given: The brown spot beneath the arm is a gut shot. If sitting just like this you'd have to shoot through the arm for a chest shot (and waste most of that meat). In general: Rifle ...
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Do squirrels have front and full peripheral vision?

Like many prey animals, vision is optimised to detect danger coming from anywhere. They can see you with one eye very easily, and their reflexes are on a hair-trigger to take them away from incoming ...
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How do squirrels find buried nuts?

It looks like its a combination of smell and memory. Abstract. It has previously been assumed that grey squirrels, Sciurus cqrolinensis, cannot remember the locations of nuts they have buried, and ...
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Do squirrels have front and full peripheral vision?

Having watched grey squirrels like that for many years in various situations, I feel very confident that the answers to your questions are: Can they see me only with both eyes facing me, or do they ...
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What is this squirrel doing and why?

I think it serves a few purposes. One is for heat absorption, especially if the squirrel is young and the rock is warm. We learned this when we found a young squirrel splayed out like that on our ...
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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

Having actually hunted and killed squirrels for food before, if you're planning on keeping the meat, then you don't want to shoot it in the body, shoot it in the head. A squirrels head is just as big ...
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How far does a nursing Eastern Gray squirrel travel from her nest?

As you suspect, that squirrel in your yard is most likely an Eastern Gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis. Although they used to be primarily considered an American species, they're naturalized in many ...
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Are food store locations of scrub jays and squirrels precisely remembered?

There's a nice explanation of the behaviours of squirrels at LiveScience.com. Basically it boils down to that they can remember about 95% of the hoards, but they will use deception on the burying ...
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Do Eastern grey squirrels pretend to bury nuts in the ground?

It looks like the answer is yes, they do pretend to bury their food to keep other squirrels from getting at it. Dr Michael Steele of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and colleagues, ...
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Do squirrels have front and full peripheral vision?

I have a very small yard and only one spot where I can place a pole feeder out of (or so I thought) squirrel jumping range. Approx 8 or 9 feet. But I have watched them climb up on the closest high ...
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Do squirrels' teeth grow again when lost?

Once the squirrel has reached the adult stage, their teeth do not regrow if lost. Infant tree squirrels have three pairs of milk teeth that are replaced by adult teeth when the squirrel is four to ...
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Are grey squirrels really bad for the overall habitat in Germany?

The premise of the question, i.e. the occurence of Grey Squirrels in Germany is at the moment wrong: The NABU page on invasive species in Germany says: Aktuell gibt es in Deutschland keine Hinweise, ...
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Can an animal with cheek pouches vocalize normally when those pouches are full?

Depends on what specie of animal we're talking. But in general I wiuld say, yes. I've heard chipmunks with mouth fulls chip like there's no tomorrow. The pouch is very controlled by the animal and ...
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Are food store locations of scrub jays and squirrels precisely remembered?

This page says that it's estimated that squirrels forget between 25 and 75% of their stock (or don't need them). However, this is important for the forest: The forgotten nuts become seeds and start ...
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Do squirrels' teeth grow again when lost?

There are over 200 species of squirrels broken down into three categories: tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels. Since the most common variety is the tree squirrel, that's what I'm ...
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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

Well if you're Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett you'd aim for the little stump the squirrel is sitting on and bark the squirrel1: As the reader may imagine a squirrel hit by a rifle ball would be torn ...
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