Further informationSquirrels can even arch their tails over their backs to stay cool, creating a cover of shade for their bodies! In fact, the blood in a squirrel’s tail is cooler than the blood in the rest of the body, so the squirrel can pump this cool blood from the tail to the torso, which helps lower the body temperature!Squirrels must stay hydrated during the hot summer months. They are able to get water from some of the foods they eat, but they also find water sources, such as puddles left after a rain. In addition, some squirrels estivate during the summer, or pass the time in a deep sleep, much like animals hibernate during the winter.
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