How to Draw a Red Squirrel

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Red Squirrel in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Red Squirrel.

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How to Draw a Red Squirrel - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a red squirrel! Trace an oval-like shape for the head, keeping the side open. Also, at the top create a triangular shape to outline the ear.

Step 2: Now, draw a tiny line at the nose, and a longer line for the mouth. Draw an oval for the eye with a circle in it. Trace more lines at the corners of the ears to outline them.

Step 3: From the head, draw a long curved line down the back. Here's a hint: the back looks like a wide letter C!

Step 4: Next, draw the arm by tracing two lines that start off wide. Make sure the lines get closer toward the hand, then draw fingers. Draw a line down the front for a belly.

Step 5: Draw the other arm by tracing a line along the bottom of the first arm. Then, trace some fingers, peeking out from behind the first set of fingers.

Step 6: Draw a long curved line for the leg down the middle of the squirrel's body. Then, trace a squiggly line along the bottom. Draw the squirrel's toes next, making sure to add toenails!

Step 7: Last, draw a big tail for the squirrel in the shape of a question mark. There's your red squirrel!

Interesting Facts about the Red Squirrel

Red Squirrels are a rare sight nowadays. That is for two reasons. One is the loss of their habitat, whether by human intervention or natural events. The other is because of the increasing popularity of the eastern grey squirrel. The eastern grey squirrel used to be found mainly in North America, but now it can also be found in Great Britain, Italy and Ireland, where Red Squirrels used to be more popular.

Did you know?

  • The Red Squirrel is an omnivore, which means that it eats both plants and meat.
  • The coat of the Red Squirrel changes based on the time of year and the location of the squirrel. The Red Squirrel is not always red – sometimes it can be black, or shades of various other darker colors between black and red. Red-coated Red Squirrels are actually more common in Great Britain.
  • Like many other tree squirrels, the Red Squirrel has sharp claws that allow it to both climb and descend trees, branches, and even the walls of houses! Its hind legs are strong enough to allow it to jump between trees.
  • The Red Squirrel can swim!

The diet of a Red Squirrel consists mainly of nuts, fungus, berries, shoots and even sometimes bird eggs. A majority of its time spent awake is used to either hunt for food or to eat it.