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by Ron Kurtus

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General What is a normal person? Philippines
Squirrels Why would a gray squirrel kill another squirrel? USA
Special Types What are types of behavior? Philippines
Squirrels How did squirrel know there were seeds in the feeder? USA
Special Types Are our behaviors genetically inherited? Uganda
Squirrels Squirrel wanted to come into my house USA
Squirrels Want to bring 10 squirrels with us when we move USA
Squirrels Squirrels come to visit every day USA
Special Types Are their two types of behavior: good and bad? Tanzania
Squirrels Squirrel seen carrying another squirrel in its mouth Canada

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What is a normal person?

Topic: General


June 11, 2013

being a normal person

merah - Philippines



A normal person is one who behaves in a way that is consistent or similar to most other people. However, this varies with different groups or cultures.

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Why would a gray squirrel kill another squirrel?

Topic: Squirrels


May 27, 2013

why would a gray squirrel kill and chew off the head of another gray squirrel I saw this happen I never seen this before it happened at the welcome center in KY

elizabeth - USA



Sometimes male squirrels will fight with rivals and sometimes get pretty nasty, such that they kill them. Females will also fight to defend their your. Males will also sometimes kill the young of rival male.

You wouldn't think squirrels would do such things, but it is not uncommon with other animal species.

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What are types of behavior?

Topic: Special Types


November 23, 2012

types of behavior? please help

Don Henry - Philippines



Behavior is how a person acts and responds to some stimulus.

One view is that there are three main types of behavior: passive, assertive, and aggressive. This concerns how people act toward activities and other people. There can also be a combination of those types.

There is also a view that a person behaves according to his or her personality.

Finally, there is the view that people behave according to their training, as well as their personality. For example, an aggressive child may be taught to behave in a better manner.

As you can see, it can be a complex topic.

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How did squirrel know there were seeds in the feeder?

Topic: Squirrels


May 15, 2012

my bird feeder has been empty at least two weeks now.i put new seed in this morning at about eleven oclock i hadd a squarelin did he know there was new seed in it.before for two weeks no sign of the rodent.thank you.

forest - USA



Squirrels have good noses and can smell the seeds. Their good sense of smell is how they find the nuts they bury.

The squirrel could have been doing his daily rounds and could smell that you had put the bird seeds in the feeder.

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Are our behaviors genetically inherited?

Topic: Special Types


April 2, 2012

my question is, Are our behaviors genetically inherited or are as a result of the environment? has culture played some roles in the formation of our behaviors, how?

Katandi - Uganda



There has been a debate among scientists concerning behavior called "Nature versus Nurture". In other words, whether it is .

For some types of behavior, genetics plays a major role, while other behaviors it is the environment or training that determines the behavior. So, in all behaviors, the result is a mixture of genetics and environment in varying proportions.

For example, young children behave in a basically selfish manner. However, over the years, they learn to have a behavior of sharing with others. Of course, there are some adults who never learn to share.

A culture sets rules and standards where they expect members to adhere to those standards. A person who does not adapt his behavior to cultural rules can be ostracized from the group.

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Squirrel wanted to come into my house

Topic: Squirrels


April 1, 2012

There was a squirrel that was on my porch the other day and when I approached he hid behind the large flower pots and even tried to jump into a closed window. That seemed normal to me but when I walked away I thought it would run off but I checked a couple of minutes later and it was still on the porch but now sitting next to the door. Eventually he left.
I then went inside and had left the door slightly open and as I was going back out, there he was. He looked as if he was about to come inside if I hadn't shown up in the doorway. It seemed odd to me. Also he seemed to have a skin issue and not a lot of fur on his back and tail. Is he diseased? - thanks for your help

Greg - USA



I used to feed squirrels peanuts on our back porch. Certain squirrels would come at specific times of the day. However, soon they got brave and would come right inside when I opened the screen door. Since then, I stopped feeding them, but occasionally one would come up to the door like the "good old days".

It is possible that someone in your neighborhood has been feeding the squirrels, so this fellow though he'd try a different house.

Some squirrels can get skin disease or mites that cause the skin to get raw or to lose some hair. It isn't anything to worry about, although it may be uncomfortable for the little critter.

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Want to bring 10 squirrels with us when we move

Topic: Squirrels


October 20, 2011

we have about 10-15 squirrels that are pets we rescued as babies from hurricane ike years ago. they live in the backyard as wild and free as they should ...but they are tame ,friendly and we know them by name as we give them fruits and nuts daily . here is my question...we are thinking about moving across town. but my husband will not move if we cant bring his squirrels with us... is it possible to move them with us ??? and if so any advice on how to ...

tawnee - USA



Squirrels get very friendly and set up a regular visiting schedule if they know you will feed them. I know that you can get attached to these little friends.

One problem you might have is catching the squirrels. Since they are outside, they are also somewhat independent with their own lives. They also probably have nests made in the nearby trees.

Another problem I see concerns the other squirrels who live in the new area. There may be some territorial fights when new squirrels are introduced.

But still, it may be possible if you bring some to the new place, release them and feed them right away, so they know where the food source is. You might be able to do it a little at a time.

Best wishes in deciding if to move your squirrels. Let me know how things work out.

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Squirrels come to visit every day

Topic: Squirrels


October 12, 2011

I have several trees in my backyard -- and a couple of squirrels seem to live in one and visit daily. I've left a few roasted peanuts for them on the fence. Sometimes at midday, both will come rushing along the backyard fence from neighbors' yards and rush up a tree.
At other times, one squirrel will be in yard when I come out to sit and it will bury nuts/seeds in the lawn. Then rush up a tree and rush down and turn flips in the air. Sometimes it rushes around the yard and then rushes up to within 3 feet of me and crouches. I can't tell if it's just playing, wants food or is about to attack? It doesn't seem afraid. If i make loud noise, if only backs off a few feet. Any advice would be helpful!




Squirrels tend to have regular routines. If you put out the peanuts at a given time, they will come at that time, expecting their treat.

Younger squirrels like to play by chasing each other up and down a tree and sometimes doing flips and such.

Blue Jays like to watch the squirrels bury their nuts and often go to dig them up right afterwards.

When the squirrels come up to you, it is probably checking to see if you have some more nuts to eat.

They are fun animals to watch.

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Are their two types of behavior: good and bad?

Topic: Special Types


September 20, 2011

How if we say there are two types of behaviour,which are
a.Proper or good behaviour.
b.Improper or bad behaviour.
I'm I correct?

Japhet - Tanzania



In general, behavior concerns how a person or animal responds to external stimuli and actions.

When you start to judge whether the behavior of a person is good or bad, you are talking about the person's character. See Succeed with Positive Character for more information.

Also note that there may be situations where the behavior is not really proper or improper.

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Squirrel seen carrying another squirrel in its mouth

Topic: Squirrels


September 14, 2011

my friend observed a squirrel carrying what appeared to be another squirrel,alive, in its mouth.the squirrel being carried was in a ball. we were wondering is this something they do with the injured, or the young to transport them? we found it rather odd but interesting as we had not seen this before. please advise, the curiosity is killing us! thanks!

suzanne - Canada



In the Spring, mother squirrels may carry your squirrels from one place to another. However, squirrels also can be cannibals. When a squirrel is carrying a full-sized squirrel, it is either injured or dead. Typically, the squirrel being carried will be eaten in some safe location.

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