omniscient offers the following tidbits for our elucidation:
If their lives depended on it? They’re burying those nuts for fun and survive the winter by going to the 7-11 for bags of chips?
Actually, a squirrel retrieves about 20% of the nuts that it buries. Their memories are poor, but their sense of smell (for buried acorns, anyway) is keen. More importantly, perhaps, a squirrel will find nuts that some other squirrel has buried (that squirrel, of course, will meanwhile be busy digging up his trove).
This strategy of hiding food is called scatterhording. The theory behind it seems to be that a parasitic animal would locate and gorge itself on a single cache of nuts, leaving the squirrel to starve. If the nuts are buried all over the place, said parasitcal animal will quickly get bored (or starve) and go off to plunder, say, a 7-11, leaving the widely scattered acorns to be dug up by squirrels (if not always the same ones that buried them).
Pass on this one, although I can’t think of why the squirrel’s tail should have a clue as to what kind of winter it’s going to be.
Well, they’re rodents. They chew up bark, insulation, and furniture. If their tails were bald, they’re look a lot more like rats (although I recommend against catching a squirrel and shaving its tail, or for that matter giving it a poodle cut).
Squirrels aren’t called “tree rats” for the humor value. There’s more to the story, but that a good first approximation.
“Kings die, and leave their crowns to their sons. Shmuel HaKatan took all the treasures in the world, and went away.”