How to Tell the Age of an Adult Squirrel
There are several ways to tell the age of an adult squirrel. First, observe the squirrel for at least six to eight hours during daylight. Look for a furry tail and a snout. Also, look for a bulging eye. If you spot these characteristics, the squirrel is likely at least 6 weeks old. Otherwise, the squirrel is too young to move around. In addition, it’s important to know whether or not it’s male or female.
Observe the baby squirrel for six to eight hours of daylight
If you see a baby squirrel, it is important to observe it for six to eight hours of daylight. Then, feed it nuts and fruit in their shells and reheat it every two hours. If the baby is too cold, you should feed it a bit more often. You should also bring it to the nearest wildlife rehabilitator as soon as you can.
A newborn squirrel has a hairless body with closed eyes, closed ears, and a tail that is curled over its back. It weighs between five to eight grams and is about the size of a woman’s thumb. It also has a full tail and white fur on its belly and legs. Observing the baby squirrel will tell you how old it will be when it becomes an adult.
Look for a furry tail
The age of an adult squirrel can be determined by looking at its fur. Squirrels are born without fur, but at two or three weeks of age, they begin to grow and develop. They begin to develop an undercoat, and their fur grows longer and bushier than their body. They also start to play, hang upside down on trees, and begin exploring new ways to crack nuts.
Eastern gray squirrels start to open their eyes around five weeks of age. They begin exploring outside their nests at about six weeks of age. They are usually fully covered in fur at this point and sit up with their tail curled over their backs. They become more active at 10 weeks of age, and their tails grow longer. At around ten weeks, female squirrels give birth to their first babies.
Look for a snout
Squirrels can be tricky to spot, but a few simple tips will help you identify the species in your backyard. For starters, look for a snout. Squirrels typically have a snout between 12 weeks and eight months. This will give you a good idea of when the squirrel will be able to take care of itself and be self-sufficient.
If you spot a baby squirrel, don’t be alarmed. These little animals are usually newborns, and they are not afraid of humans. Look for a snout and gently pat it to mimic the mother’s tongue. If the baby is dehydrated, gently scratch it with a Q-tip. If it has a brown urine, it probably means it is dehydrated.
Another sign of an adult squirrel is that it is not a youngster. A squirrel on its back will usually be submissive, and it will likely not attack you. Squirrels that are in captivity are often unhappy, but some are sweet and calm. A squirrel with a snout is an adult and not a baby. It is important not to pick at the animal while it is eating, as this can cause it to become aggressive.
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.