squirrels SQUIRRELS


Habit: Woodland is home for most squirrels as trees provide plenty of food and shelter. The best habitat for squirrels is an old wood with a mixture of trees and good ground cover, with bulbs, fungi, and berry-bearing bushes.

Diet: A squirrel eats various things, depending on the season and what is available. They eat catkins, flowers, rose hips, shoots, and bark. They may even rob nests in spring, taking both eggs and young birds. Their most important natural food is tree seed.

Reproduction: They start mating when they are one year old. It takes about six weeks from the time the squirrels mate until the baby squirrels, called kittens, are born. Twice a year, in the spring and at the end of summer, the female squirrel has two to five kittens.

Other: • A squirrel needs about 16 acorns per week, or 825 throughout the year.
• Most fires of unknown origin are believed to be from rodents gnawing on electrical wires.

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