see also: Etymology of Squirrel
The term squirrel indicates in French of many Espèce S who, initially, belongs to the family of the Sciuridae :
- the kind Sciurus is the principal representative and meets for it a little everywhere in the world;
- the kind Tamiasciurus is that of the russet-red squirrels , present in North America;
- the kind Ratufa , present in Asia, comprises animals called giant squirrels ;
- the Spermophile ( Spermophilus ) comprises some species called terrestrial squirrels ;
- the flying squirrels are rodents of the family Anomaluridae (the flying squirrels ) or subfamily of the Pteromyinae ( true flying squirrels).
Symbolism of the squirrelIn Europe, the squirrels were considered formerly with a great mistrust. The myths of the Germain S of North report the existence of a squirrel called Ratatöskr (“tooth of rat”) which did not cease going up and going down on the trunk from the Arbre from the world Yggdrasil (see Frêne) and sowed the discord between the eagle installed on its summit and the snake Nidhogr , by telling with each one what the other had said of him. The squirrel was also brought closer to the German god Loki . In a logical way, this russet-red animal which flees unceasingly at any speed and never lets itself catch was regarded at the time Christian woman as a true incarnation of the Diable.
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