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Squirrels

Description / Appearance

  • Head and body length: 25-26.5cm.
  • Weight (adult): about 500gm.
  • Tail length: around 22cm.
  • Grey fur with large bushy tails which they arch over their back.
  • Breeds around February/march and occasionally again in June/July time.
  • They can have 1 - 3 litters a year and around 1 - 7 young per litter.
  • The gestation periods last around 45 days, weaned after 8 - 10 weeks.
  • Capable of breeding at around 7 months but on average this takes place at around 10 - 12 months.
  • In the wild less than 1% lives for more than 6 years but have they have been known to live to 8 or 9 years.

Habits & Behaviour

  • Egg - Eggs are laid in late spring hatching in early summer.
  • Larva - These remain in the nest and feed on nourishment secreted from the queen.
  • Pupae - Develop less than 2 weeks after the larva have hatched and remain in the nest, guarded by the worker ants.
  • Adults - are typically the ones you see, they build the nest and forage for food. Queens rarely leave the nest, are occasionally winged and can live for several years. Males also have wings.

Habits & Behaviour

  • Common in deciduous and mixed woodlands, they are also found in hedgerows, banking, gardens, trees and farms.
  • Dreys (nests) are compact and sphere-shaped. 30-60cm in diameter and surrounded by twigs, dry leaves and grass inside.
  • Squirrels feed on acorns, tree shoots, flowers, nuts, fruits, roots and cereals. Food is eaten at ground level.
  • Their range covers 2-10 hectares and they bury spare food 2-5cm below the soil or in tree hollows.
  • They are diurnal, active before sunrise and after sunset. The peak of activity is in the autumn. Important.
  • Squirrels can nest in Lofts, wall cavities, and the void in-between false walls. • By gnawing they can damage tree bark and the fabric of buildings.
  • Grey squirrels are widespread and not protected in the UK.
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