Squirrels are found in many regions of the world, including Europe, Asia and the Americas. My Jack Russell terrier and I would bay up squirrels, and I would try to shoot them out. Growing up on 3.5 acres in a rural area outside Plano, Texas, my childhood home was surrounded by five massive pecan trees, some oak trees and different fruit trees – prime fox squirrel habitat.

The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) is a large tree squirrel with a body length of 17.7-27.6 inches and a weight of 500-1000 g. Fox squirrels have brown-grey, brown-yellow, or brown-orange fur on their upper body depending on their geographical location. A daredevil fox and speedy squirrel make their way onto Canada's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during first practice for Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix. There are many varieties of squirrel, and some species have at times been considered endangered or threatened. At age 7 I received my first Daisy pump BB gun. The best of the BBC, with the latest news and sport headlines, weather, TV & radio highlights and much more from across the whole of BBC Online

Fox squirrels grow up to 26 inches long (from head to tail), weigh nearly 3 pounds, and have been known to live up to 20 years in captivity, state biologists say. But we would never eat the squirrels back then. Mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa) Lagomorpha Leporidae. Today the most common varieties are the grey squirrel, western grey squirrel, red squirrel …

Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) Humboldt's flying squirrel (Glaucomys oregonensis) Aplodontiidae.

Fox squirrel A fox squirrel climbing a tree.