To build a squirrel house, construct a four-sided rectangular structure with a slanted roof and a 3-inch entrance. Use a non-aromatic wood, because squirrels chew on fragrant woods, including outdoor-grade plywood.Know More
For the roof and bottom, use two 12-by-12-inch wood boards. For the four sides, measure the pieces on an 8-foot by 6- to 10-inch board. For the front and back sides, cut two pieces that are the width of the board and 17 inches tall on one side and 18 inches tall on the other side. For the front entrance, cut a 3-inch notch from the top slanted corner of one of the pieces. For the other two sides, cut one rectangle 17 inches tall and another 18 inches tall.
Screw the four sides together. Align the 17-inch side piece with the short edge of the front and back pieces, and attach the 18-inch piece to the long edges. Make sure the seams are as tight as possible, and fill any gaps with waterproof silicone caulk. Turn the house over, and position the bottom piece flush with the back side. Screw on the bottom, and drill small drains holes. Flip the house back over, and position the roof so that it overhangs the front side and is flush with the back. Fill screw holes, knots and cracks with the caulk.
Fill half of the house with synthetic pillow fluff or dried moss from a craft store.
The weight of the average squirrel is approximately 1 pound with a length of 18 inches. The 1/2-ounce African pygmy squirrel is the smallest squirrel in the world. The largest known squirrel is the 20-inch-long hoary marmot. The hoary marmot also has an average weight of 20 pounds.Full Answer >
The common eastern gray squirrel can live up to 12.5 years in the wild or 20 years in captivity. Other species have differing life spans; for instance, the southern flying squirrel lives for 5 to 6 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.Full Answer >
Squirrels have relatively typical rodent anatomy as they have long tails, four limbs and large incisors. Aside from their large front teeth, adult squirrels have 20 other teeth that allow them to chew food. The teeth of squirrels grow constantly, and the squirrels' constant gnawing activities help to keep the teeth from growing too large. Squirrels have four toes on each front foot, while their back feet have five toes.Full Answer >
The white squirrel seen in the United States is an albino or white morph of the eastern gray squirrel. Albinism is caused by a mutation of the gene responsible for pigmentation, while the white morph is the product of the aberration of a different gene.Full Answer >