Squirrels are the most common tree-dwelling rodents in America. These animals give birth to hairless, helpless pups that rely on their mother's care for up to 12 weeks. Litters are small, usually containing two or three baby squirrels.
When Are Baby Squirrels Born?
Females can have two litters per year. The first litter of baby squirrels is born in late winter or early spring and the second around August. During colder seasons, mother squirrels may move into attics and other protected areas of buildings to raise their young.
In nature, the animals weave together nests of twigs and leaves in tree cavities or on branches. If squirrels find their way into homes, adult and baby squirrels like to nestle together in attic insulation. This can create a costly mess.
What Do Baby Squirrels Eat?
For 10 to 12 weeks, squirrel babies eat and drink only their mothers' milk. Once developed, pups leave the nest and begin to forage for nuts, grains, and berries. Weaned juveniles mature and multiply quickly. Female squirrels are ready to reproduce within their first year.
What Do Baby Squirrels Sound Like?
Adult squirrels can be noisy. The rodents will bark if threatened and chirp during mating season or territory disputes. Although quieter, their pups still make noises. When stressed or hungry, baby squirrels sound like young birds due to their soft, high-pitched chirping.
Homeowners who live near wooded areas often need help with problem squirrels. Mothers nesting in attics can cause quite a bit of damage, and uncoordinated newborn squirrels sometimes fall into wall voids and become stuck. The experts at Critter Control are available to assist with humane removal.