How to Tell Sex of a Western Grey Squirrel
If you have ever wanted to know how to tell sex of a western grey squirrel, then this article will provide you with some valuable information. Male and female squirrels are different from one another, with males having more distinct genitalia. During breeding season, males may look identical to females, but their undersides are easily distinguishable. Females are also smaller and lack testicles, so you can be sure which squirrel you’re observing is male.
In the state of Washington, conservation efforts to conserve western gray squirrels have been hampered by a lack of quantitative data on home-range sizes. Radiotelemetry data from 21 western gray squirrels in Klickitat County, Washington, were used to estimate total home range sizes. The minimum convex polygon home range was significantly larger than that of any other state in the study. This finding may help inform habitat management strategies. A similar study on public lands is being conducted.
The diet of the western gray squirrel varies greatly depending on its environment. They live in coniferous forests and feed on pinecone seeds and acorns, but are also able to eat berries, fungus, bark, and sap, as well as insects and acorns. Western gray squirrels are largely solitary and are best seen during the day. This species is a good candidate for pet owners as they can be easily captured and trained to behave around people.
Observe the size
If you want to identify the sex of a gray squirrel, the size difference between males and females is very easy to determine. Males have larger testicles than females. Females have small testicles. During mating season, males display the male trait by enlarging their testicles. During non-breeding season, females do not have testicles.
Western grey squirrels reach sexual maturity at 10 to 11 months of age and begin breeding between December and June. They have a gestation period of 44 days and give birth to kits in late March or mid-August. Kits develop slowly and do not leave the nest until six months of age. During this time, the tails of young western gray squirrels are still furry, while the tails of mature males are fully prehensile.
You can also determine the sex of a western gray squirrel by its activity level. Western gray squirrels are diurnal and spend the majority of their time outside. They spend much of their time foraging in trees and bushes, and they are strictly diurnal. Their diet is composed of a variety of nuts, seeds, and acorns. They also feed on fungus, tree buds, and fruits.
Observe the color of the fur
To determine the gender of your pet western gray squirrel, you must first observe the fur. The fur of both sexes is generally brown or gray. Eastern grays are born hairless and without eyes. Then, you should look at its ears and tail. The tail of a female western gray squirrel is longer than the tail of a male. Eastern grays are not hairless but do have eyes.
Gray squirrels are not easily distinguishable by appearance alone. Male gray squirrels have larger testes and a visible scrotum. Females have nipples that are visible only during mating season. The scrotum is usually larger in males than in females. Nevertheless, you need to get very close to the animal to tell the sex.
Observe the testes
While male and female gray squirrels both have distinct genitalia, they are similar enough that it is possible to distinguish them from each other from far away. During mating season, the testicles of males grow larger and more prominent, while the testes of females are smaller and only visible during non-breeding season. In addition, male squirrels have testicles that can be seen on their undersides.
Observation of the testes of western grey squirrels can help identify the sex of the animal. Females spend at least five minutes scent-marking while males clamber over these sites to extract information and possibly leave their own scent behind. As Gurnell noted in his book, The Natural History of Squirrels, the presence of males triggers the reproductive season of females, while the presence of a male’s urine triggers the oestrous phase in females. However, it is unclear if females actually trigger oestrousness in males.
How can you tell the difference between a male and female western grey squirrel?
Male and female western grey squirrels can be told apart by their physical appearance.
Male western grey squirrels are typically larger than females and have more muscular build.
Additionally males usually have larger tails and more prominent tufts of fur on their ears.
How can you tell the difference between a male and female western grey squirrel by their behavior?
Male and female western grey squirrels can also be told apart by their behavior.
Males are typically more aggressive than females and are more likely to engage in physical confrontations.
Females are more likely to be shy and timid and are less likely to approach humans.
Additionally males tend to mark their territory more often than females.
What are some other ways to tell the difference between a male and female western grey squirrel?
Another way to tell the difference between a male and female western grey squirrel is by their reproductive organs.
Male squirrels have a penis while female squirrels have a vagina.
Do western grey squirrels mate for life?
No western grey squirrels do not mate for life.
They typically mate for a single season and will often mate with multiple partners.
How often do western grey squirrels mate?
Western grey squirrels typically mate once per year though they may mate more frequently if they do not produce a litter.
How many offspring do western grey squirrels typically have?
Western grey squirrels typically have two to four offspring per litter.
How can you tell if a western grey squirrel is pregnant?
You can usually tell if a western grey squirrel is pregnant by her enlarged nipples and abdomen.
Additionally pregnant females will often build nests in preparation for their young.
How long is the gestation period for a western grey squirrel?
The gestation period for a western grey squirrel is approximately 38 days.
When are western grey squirrels born?
Western grey squirrels are typically born in late spring or early summer.
How long does it take for western grey squirrels to reach sexual maturity?
Western grey squirrels typically reach sexual maturity at around 10 months of age.
How long do western grey squirrels live?
Western grey squirrels typically live for around 10 years in the wild.
What do western grey squirrels eat?
Western grey squirrels are omnivorous and their diet consists of both plant and animal matter.
They typically eat nuts seeds fruits and insects.
Do western grey squirrels hibernate?
No western grey squirrels do not hibernate.
They are active year-round.
Do western grey squirrels carry any diseases?
Yes western grey squirrels can carry diseases such as rabies and typhus.
Are western grey squirrels considered pests?
Yes western grey squirrels are considered pests in many areas.
They are known to damage crops and property and can also be a nuisance to homeowners.
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.