Mystery Critter #74 with Cheecker

I see no ships

TGSG Note: Welcome to a special edition of Mystery Critter! When my friend Cheecker said he wanted to stop by and play I could hardly stand myself I was so excited. Celebrity spokes-squirrel in da house! Enjoy! ~ Bethe

OK fellow nature lovers, it’s time to put on your thinking caps and crack this week’s case. Can Cheecker stump you, or are you a master nature detective?

Let the games begin! And remember — no cheating. :-)


  • I live mostly in the Eastern part of North America. I shy away from urban forests and only spend my time in wooded areas and brush lands.
  • I’m an omnivore, so I eat everything from berries to grasshoppers to mice!
  • I have really good hearing and can hear even the smallest animals digging underground.
  • They say I’m sly, only because I’m very cautious and can learn from my experiences.
  • I have rust colored, bushy fur and a long tail with a white tip.

What am I?

Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

Have fun exploring the great outdoors! ~ Cheecker

Cheecker’s Bio: As official spokes-squirrel for the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council’s Re-Connecting Kids with Nature campaign, Cheecker is looking to get more families to discover their nearest forest or park. He shares his tips and tricks on where to go and what to do in the forest daily on Twitter. Aside from acting as forest steward, Cheecker enjoys climbing trees, running fast and hoarding acorns for winter. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is up to.

Cheecker is only one of many resources the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council have developed to get families back out into nature and ultimately create the next generation of environmental enthusiasts. For more information about this campaign visit: or

Creative Commons License photo credit: treehouse1977

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