What Does a Baby Squirrel Look Like?
What does a baby squirrel look like? Well, they are one and a half to two weeks old and blind. Their teeth are still underdeveloped and their tail is longer than it should be. Reid, A field guide to mammals of North America, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, explains the different features of a baby squirrel. In addition to Reid’s book, Mamals of the Carolinas, published by the University of North Carolina Press, details the development of a squirrel from birth to five weeks.
Baby squirrels are 1 to 1 & 1/2 weeks old
Squirrels begin eating solid food around four to five weeks of age. Their mothers bring solid food back to the nest to feed the babies. Typically, baby squirrels are fed acorns, pine nuts, hickory nuts, and fruit. They also eat tree bark and occasionally catch beetles and larvae. However, if your baby squirrel is unable to urinate due to dehydration, you can try giving it a bath to relieve itself.
They are 2 to 2 1/2 weeks old
A baby squirrel’s appearance changes dramatically between the first few days and the first few weeks of its life. They have lower front teeth, open ears, and gray fur on their bodies. The tail is longer than their other fur, and there are hairless areas under their tail and on their lower legs. Their fur is white, except for the bare patches around their belly and legs. These characteristics indicate that they are about two to two and a half weeks old.
They are blind at 4 weeks of age
If you own a baby squirrel, you need to understand the importance of proper diet for them. Although they are not completely blind yet, they are not healthy enough to survive on their own. For their health, young squirrels need to be fed on a daily basis. You can purchase puppy milk replacement from most pet stores, and it is a lot different from that of a human. You will need to give the baby squirrel 3 ccs of the formula at each feeding. Keep in mind that a baby squirrel may not be hungry for food immediately, so you should make sure to keep fresh fruit and nuts in the cage for them to munch on.
They have undeveloped incisors
A baby squirrel does not have teeth at birth, but they begin to develop them at four to five weeks old. These undeveloped teeth grow into a chisel shape and can be orange. During the first month of life, a baby squirrel does not have teeth; instead, it has milk teeth. After six weeks, it begins exploring the world outside the nest. By ten weeks old, its upper and lower incisors are visible. A typical adult tree squirrel has twenty teeth, while the eastern gray has twenty, and an extra molar on each side. Squirrel incisors are curved, forming a highly curved trajectory and grow at a rate of six inches per year.
They have undeveloped anus
When sexing a squirrel, keep in mind that the female has an anus and penis located at the lower part of her body. The male’s penis is located much higher up, near the umbilical cord. Because of these differences, sexing a newborn squirrel is a tricky task. The penis and testicles of males are not visible until more than a month old.
They are active during the day
If you want to learn how to keep your baby squirrel happy and healthy, read on! First of all, it’s very important to feed the baby formula regularly. The formula comes in the form of powder that you can mix with water or other liquid. The best way to feed your baby formula is to use a syringe with a small nipple, such as the Miracle Nipple. Use the smallest size of syringe to reduce the risk of aspirating the baby.
They have fur on their underside
At the start of its life, a baby squirrel has a pink, hairless underside. At three to four weeks old, its fur begins to grow to about one millimeter long. At this time, the ears and tail are closed, and its tail has not yet developed teeth. At five to six weeks, the baby squirrel develops a full tail and has teeth. As the baby grows up, the tail will have more hair than its underside.
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.