Squirrels are passive mobs that spawn in forested biomes.

Appearance

Squirrels come in 3 different variants: a reddish-brown variant with tufted ears (based on the Eurasian red squirrel), a grey variant with a brown stripe running down its flanks and brown speckles on its tail (based on the Eastern grey squirrel), and an albino variant with red eyes.

Behavior

Squirrels are very skittish, and will flee from any player that gets within 7-10 blocks away from them; while fleeing, they may also climb walls in order to reliably get away from a player. Otherwise, they act similarly to most other passive mobs, aimlessly wandering around, avoiding any natural hazards such as lava, and running around in a panicked manner upon taking damage. As well as this, when undisturbed, they tend to walk up to trees and climb them, falling down after a bit when at the top.

Squirrels can be bred with wheat seeds, and are bred in the same manner as other vanilla animals (right-clicking with the breeding item). As well as this, they will follow any player holding wheat seeds within a radius of 8 blocks; this is one of the only times they will not flee from a player.

It takes 1 day for a squirrel kit to reach adulthood.

History

  • 5.0.0:
    • Introduced.
  • 8.1.0:
    • Now immune to fall damage.
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