The exact time period that a squirrel mates vary, depending on location and the specific breed of the squirrel. However, the majority of squirrels mate either during late winter and early spring months. Weather conditions of a certain location also affect the mating period of squirrels.
Squirrels generally give birth during the late spring months. The babies are born without fur, and are also blind at birth.The mother squirrel keeps them in a nesting area, until they reach between eight and 10 weeks old, at which time they are able to leave the nest on their own. Unlike some animals, squirrels do not mate for life.Learn More
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 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 >
Cleaning a squirrel takes nine simple steps, and, when done correctly, results in quality meat to use in a variety of recipes. It involves skinning, gutting and washing the squirrel. Start by soaking the squirrel in water and removing the hair from the base of the tail. This makes it easier to make the next cut.Full Answer >
Baby squirrels are infants or babies. There is no specific group name for a family of squirrels because this animal does not practice a hierarchical structure in nature.Full Answer >