Watching the Squirrels

@moffittjc (35687)
Gainesville, Florida
October 26, 2017 12:16pm CST
Enjoying another beautiful, crisp fall day here in Florida, just laying out in my hammock again in the backyard enjoying nature. As I lay here alternating between reading, myLotting and napping (I'm on vacation this week from work so I am taking full advantage of being lazy), I have been watching two squirrels playing near me at the base of a tree. Well, I assume they're playing! Do squirrels play? Maybe they're fighting. Maybe one is defending it's tree, while the other is trying to raid the nest? Are they performing some kind of ritual before mating? Who knows? Anyway, what I find very interesting is that squirrels never sit still. At all. They are constantly in motion, and even when they stop for a second, their tails are twitching a mile a minute! What is up with that? Are they whacked out on crack or meth or something? What exactly is in those nuts they eat? I have pretty much determined that squirrels would not have to stock up 10,000 acorns and nuts for the winter if they would just slow down and stop moving so much! They must burn 5000 calories a day with all that running around and twitching they do! And you know what else I've determined? I've wasted (enjoyed?) half my day already just watching those damn squirrels! haha One final note. After watching those squirrels closely for a while now, I have come to realize that squirrels are nothing more than rats with bushy tails!
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@JolietJake (41251)
26 Oct
I dunno, mine get pretty lazy sometimes
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
Look at that damn rat sitting there! You should call an exterminator!
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@andriaperry (33072)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 Oct
@moffittjc ROFLMAO!
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
@andriaperry I'm pretty sure his exterminator wears a name badge that says SCAR on it! lol
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• Jacksonville, Florida
26 Oct
They are very active creatures! =) It's never a wasted day while enjoying nature.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
Trust me, I could sit here every single day for the rest of my life and enjoy all this beautiful nature and never get tired of it!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
26 Oct
@moffittjc I feel the same way. I have to snap myself out of it and get myself motivated when with nature. Lol.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
@LovingMyBabies Sometimes I will stare out into the trees, or fixate on a critter, and basically just zone out from the rest of the word.
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@Corbin5 (81563)
• United States
26 Oct
We have squirrels busy as can be gathering food for winter. You are so right that squirrels definitely cannot stop moving, ADHD I am sure plagues squirrels. Medication to treat that ADHD for squirrels would make the life of a squirrel much easier, in my opinion.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
I'm wondering if that constant moving and twitching is a defense mechanism, to help keep them safe from predators? We do have two beautiful red-shouldered hawks lining in the woods behind my house. They must be eating something good, like squirrels! haha
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@Corbin5 (81563)
• United States
26 Oct
@moffittjc I bet the twitching is for defense. Our dog Molly will keep a squirrel up in a tree and not let it down. That squirrel will loudly chatter at Molly until Molly gets tired of the whole thing and goes in the house. The squirrel chattering goes on for a very long time when a battle of wills is in the works.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
@Corbin5 They sure can be noisy little suckers when they get to chattering!
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@Courtlynn (50722)
• United States
26 Oct
I always wondered the same about them. What are they doing, fighting, playing, etc.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
Well, until a squirrel expert chimes in on this conversation, I guess we'll never know for sure! But let's all just believe that they are playing with each other. That' helps keep the "cute" image going for the squirrels!
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@Courtlynn (50722)
• United States
27 Oct
@moffittjc but they aren't cute
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Oct
@Courtlynn I don't think they're cute. And you don't think they're cute. But everybody else apparently does think they are cute!
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@JohnRoberts (41081)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Oct
Squirrels are members of the rodent family.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
So are some of the guys I went to school with! lol
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@Hannihar (12721)
27 Oct
@moffittjc Jeff, I like your sense of humor.
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@bluesa (12799)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Oct
Reading, napping and watching squirrels. A pretty good way to spend the day @moffittjc
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
Don't forget myLotting. I squeezed a little bit of that in there too! haha I actually was a little productive today...I went grocery shopping this morning!
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@bluesa (12799)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
27 Oct
@moffittjc Oh! My bad. How remiss of me! You did also fit in myLotting Way to go on grocery shopping, I had to go grocery shopping today, it was no fun. I hope you're having a fun Friday.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Oct
@bluesa Didn't do much today, just enjoyed a peaceful Friday.
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@pgntwo (21719)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
26 Oct
Ginger ones over here...
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
Seriously? Even your squirrels are ginger? What is with you guys over in Ireland? Is it the water? lol
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@pgntwo (21719)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
26 Oct
@moffittjc Oh yes, the water - it makes things rust...
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
@pgntwo Hey, speaking of gingers, did our gal Wendy drop off the face of the earth? I assume she is no longer on myLot, since I haven't heard from her in ages. I took a fancy to her, not sure why.
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@PainsOnSlate (19212)
• Canada
13 Nov
I'm with @JolietJake, mine are a bit lazy. They don't have to look very far for food, I have a few acorn trees and the woods behind my house is full of nut trees.And full of squirrels. When we moved here I was surprised to see black squirrels, they seem smaller than the grays but they seem friendly to each other. Do you have black ones too? I'll have to look for a photo, they are better looking than the grays in my opinion.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Nov
All we have here is gray squirrels. I've never seen a back squirrel I don't think. I know I have seen the red ones before, but unfortunately all we have is the icky gray squirrels here in Florida.
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• Canada
14 Nov
@moffittjc I am trying to catch one with the cameras, I will send you a photo.. The black ones are really pretty.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
16 Nov
@PainsOnSlate Aw thanks! That would be nice to see a photo of one!
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@FayeHazel (11668)
• United States
26 Oct
On the subject of squirrels - when we lived on a farm we had a ton of these mushrooms. They were pale white and had large domed tops. The squirrels would "pick" these and after they would eat them, they would run around all crazy like. We all wondered if they were some kind of hallucinogenic mushroom based on how the squirrels.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
I'm willing to bet that they were hallucinogenic mushrooms! Did you ever pick some and try them? LOL
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@FayeHazel (11668)
• United States
26 Oct
@moffittjc My dad seemed to think they were... but we never tried them - too scared in case they were toxic. Then again the wildlife ate them.... so.... maybe it was safe. lol
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
@FayeHazel I remember when I was in college we used to go out to cow pastures in the middle of the night to try and find magical shrooms. Never found any, but we sure had a good time cow tipping though! haha
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@cindiowens (3928)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
26 Oct
OMG I tell my husband that all of the time! (Rats with bushy tails.) The sit up in the trees and chew up the pine cones and drop them on our cars. Destructive little critters. I watched one of them tear down one of our decorations the other day and carry it little by little up a tree.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
The thing that drives me the most nuts (pardon the pun) about squirrels is that they chew on the phone and cable lines going into the houses, so people are constantly having their cable/internet go out as a result.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
26 Oct
@moffittjc Yeah they do. Our cable lines are buried we have cell phones, so not really an issue for us.
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@kobesbuddy (19625)
• East Tawas, Michigan
26 Oct
@moffittjc At times, they move into someone's attic, for the winter!
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@rebelann (32279)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Oct
Them thar varmints make fer good eatin, lest ways that's what grandpa once said.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
My dad and I used to hunt squirrels all the time! They are good eatin'
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@rebelann (32279)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Oct
Dad said they taste just like chicken @moffittjc
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
@rebelann Everything tastes just like chicken! haha
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@amadeo (47896)
• United States
26 Oct
we have a bunch here and chipmunk.they are adorable
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
Now chipmunks are cool! I like them little critters!
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@kobesbuddy (19625)
• East Tawas, Michigan
26 Oct
@moffittjc Our yard has about six chipmunks, at times!
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
@kobesbuddy So chipmunks don't live in Florida (at least I've never seen them here), but aren't they also considered a pest or a nuisance?
@GardenGerty (91019)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Oct
Lovely little tree rats they are. If they quit moving so much they would be bears. I wonder if bears and squirrels have the same caloric needs.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Oct
As much as squirrels run around all day long, I would think they have the same caloric needs as bears!
@UncleJoe (8527)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
26 Oct
Except they taste better.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
They are pretty tasty, I must admit.
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• Philippines
26 Oct
squirrels, one of my wishlist to see and touch in real got to see them only in pictures and videos..
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
No squirrels in the Philippines?
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@andriaperry (33072)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 Oct
Yes they are! Rats. But cure little rats with busy tails that lives outside in trees.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
I know that here in our area we have a big problem with the squirrels (aka rats) chewing through the cable and phone lines on people's houses. It's great that they are cute rats with fluffy tails living outside our homes, but it's not so great that they continually destroy any wires/lines going into people's homes. At least real rats don't do that! haha
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@snowy22315 (34191)
• United States
26 Oct
I think they play. They seem to like tag a lot. They are quite intelligent, those little critters.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Oct
Well, for animals whose lives depend on stockpiling nuts for the winter, they sure do waste a lot of time playing! And another thing I've noticed...I see squirrels nests all over the place in the trees around my house, but I've never seen baby squirrels out playing. Do they just hang out up in the nest until one day they magically become full-size adult squirrels and then they come out of the nest? How come there are never any baby squirrels out running around playing?
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
4 Nov
Come put my hammock up for me. Speaking of squirrel
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
5 Nov
Where did you come across that photo? That is hilarious! If that product was real, there are certain states in the US where it would probably be a best seller! Do you have a 2-person hammock? I'm not going to bother coming all that way to set up your hammock if there isn't room for me!
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
5 Nov
@moffittjc I think I got it sent to me when I made fried squirrel over the summer. Lol
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
5 Nov
@thislittlepennyearns It's been quite a long time since I've had squirrel meat. Actually, wait...that's not true. I went to a wild game feast back in March, and they had squirrel on the menu.
@LadyDuck (121771)
• Switzerland
27 Oct
Poor little things, they are so cute, I like squirrels, I do not like rats, mice are cute.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Oct
I wouldn't mind squirrels so much if they didn't pester me so much!
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@LadyDuck (121771)
• Switzerland
28 Oct
@moffittjc I have heard that they are nasty little animals, not as cute as they may look.
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Oct
@LadyDuck I agree with you. I don't think they are cute at all. I think they are evil little critters. haha
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@DeborahDiane (16191)
• Laguna Woods, California
30 Oct
@moffittjc - Yes, squirrels definitely play! I suppose rats do, too, although I have never enjoyed watching them the way I do squirrels. I wonder why most people feel so differently about the two creatures?
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
31 Oct
Probably because rats carry and spread deadly diseases. You wipe out one quarter of the world's population with a plague that you started, many people will feel a little bit of hatred toward you! lol
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 Oct
@moffittjc - Ha Ha! I'm sure that is true! I suspect that does have a lot to do with why we don't think rats are cute!
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@moffittjc (35687)
• Gainesville, Florida
1 Nov
@DeborahDiane I wonder what the people of New York think of rats? You know....the ones that are as big as cats! I wonder if they think those are cute? lol
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