The red squirrel is the least common squirrel type in Ohio as it prefers conifers, especially spruce. They readily adapt to suburban areas but favor those with con-producing conifers. They are the smallest of squirrels, actually half the size of a gray squirrel; however, they are very aggressive. They chirp loudly with discordant chatters.
Red squirrels are tough little squirrels that do not hibernate. They warehouse their food within tree crevices and other niches and quickly fight off any predator that comes near.