How to Adopt a Squirrel
If you are considering adopting a squirrel, there are some things you should know. For example, Red squirrels have two litters a year. Red squirrels are not very domesticated and don’t have any social skills. You should also know that they can carry five different diseases. The first thing you should do is research the species you are thinking about. Read on to learn more about this fascinating creature and how to care for it.
Red squirrels have two litters a year
While Red Squirrels typically have only one litter per breeding season, the gestation period varies widely depending on the location. In western areas, they can breed only once a year in the spring, but in eastern regions they breed twice a year. Gestation period is approximately 31 to 35 days, but in the eastern U.S., the gestation period can be as short as seven days.
The Red Squirrel is a diurnal creature, which means that it is active from early morning until dark. Its long-term feeding habits allow it to spend most of the day in the trees, avoiding foxes and birds of prey. Red squirrels will briefly venture to the ground in winter to forage for nuts, but they will then return to collect them and store them for the winter.
They are not very social
If you’re looking to adopt a squirrel that is not very friendly, there are a few things you need to consider. Some areas have laws against keeping squirrels as pets, and some places don’t even allow them as pets. If this sounds like you, read on for some tips on how to keep your new squirrel happy and healthy. Even if it’s not very social, you can still foster a relationship with your new friend.
Red squirrels, for example, are not very social animals. These animals are mostly solitary and prefer to live alone until they are around 18 weeks old. Mothers care for their young for about 18 weeks and then leave them to fend for themselves. In some cases, however, red squirrels will adopt orphaned cubs. This only happens when these squirrels are related to the adopting family.
They are not domesticated
The first step in adopting a squirrel is to ensure that you are prepared for their unpredictable behavior. Squirrels are highly intelligent and emotional, and adopting them can be a challenging experience. They do not understand how they have been uprooted from their natural environment and are likely to display behaviors that you do not wish to deal with for up to nine years. Listed below are some things to keep in mind when adopting a squirrel.
Although you may see a squirrel running through your yard or clambering on a tree, they are not domesticated. Squirrels are not house pets and need a lot of space to run around. While they are friendly, they are not domesticated and are not good pets. There are three main types of squirrels: flying, ground, and tree. Flying squirrels are able to glide through the air using flaps of skin.
They can carry five diseases
While it’s impossible to find a squirrel with any of the five diseases listed above, there are ways to avoid bringing the disease-carrying rodent into your home. While squirrels are hardy and healthy, they do display signs of illness. Look for lethargy, dull eyes, labored breathing, hunching over, nasal or mouth discharge, and difficulty eating.
First, if you happen to find a baby squirrel, take it immediately to a wildlife rehabber. Leaving the young squirrel alone can lead to death. While there are many reputable wildlife rehabbers in your area, you should always seek out professional help. Do not let children or pets handle the animal until it is healthy. After it is healthy, it can be adopted. Remember to take it out of reach of children and other pets.
They are easy to care for
When it comes to care for a squirrel, there are several things you should know. Ideally, the animal should be placed in a tree in its immediate area where it can find a suitable nesting site. Squirrels nest in tree cavities or “dreys,” large balls of dried leaves that are found at the top of trees. To make their life easier, squirrels should not be exposed to other people.
In a quiet room, examine the injured squirrel. It may crawl up your leg looking for food. Then, you can observe to see if the mother returns to feed it. If it seems like the baby is in danger of dying, you must intervene. If the baby is not responding to your care, contact a veterinarian immediately. It is important to keep in mind that squirrels are delicate and may be easily hurt if you don’t know how to treat it.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.