Grey Squirrel Habits – Did you Know?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Grey Squirrels like to use the same trails over and over which helps them move rapidly through the trees.

During the mating season which is twice a year, winter and summer, you may see more activity and chasing than usual. You may notice noisy chases through the tree tops in late January or February and again in late June or July. Following pregnancy, which lasts for 45 days, the litter of 3 to 5 young is born.

When gray squirrels bury a nut, they dig a hole that is about 3 to 4 inches deep, put the nut inside of it, push it down whit their nose. Then they pull the soil over it with their front paws. Later, when they want to retrieve the nut, they return to the general area where it was buried and try to locate it by the smell of a nut or by squirrels' own scent left behind when they pushed a nut with their nose.

Squirrels don't remember where they hide every nut and often come across nuts buried by other squirrels if they happen to be in the same general location the squirrels search.

During warmer season grey squirrels are most active in the morning and the evening, avoiding the worst heat of the day. They do not hibernate during clod months. They produce a variety of noises, including a mouse-like squeaking or a chatter.