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There’s a reason female squirrels are so promiscuous and it can’t be blamed on their mothers.

There’s a reason female squirrels are so promiscuous and it can’t be blamed on their mothers.

As it turns out, the randy rodents mostly sleep with whoever shows up, according to researchers at the University of Guelph.

Whether a female squirrel picks one mate or 14 -— the highest one-day tally recorded in the study — has little to do with genetics, said Eryn McFarlane, a graduate student at the university and the project’s lead researcher. “It’s due to their environment, to what they encounter,” she said. Namely, how many male squirrels are around at the time, she added.

The study, published in the journal Biology Letters, is the first to suggest that genetics have little impact on squirrels’ mating habits.

 
 
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