Baby squirrels are among the most adorable animals on the planet. Their bright eyes and fluffy tails can melt even the most hardened heart. But what do we know about the baby squirrel? Keep reading to learn about these tiny, furry creatures and their fascinating lives.
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- Squirrel Connections – licensed rehabber directory by state
Introduction to the Baby Squirrel
Baby squirrels, also known as kits, are the young of tree squirrels. They are born blind, deaf, and toothless and are entirely dependent on their mothers for the first few weeks of their lives.
At birth, baby squirrels are about the size of a jelly bean and weigh around one and a half ounces. As they grow, their coats change colors, and their ears begin to open. When they are ready to venture out into the world, their fur has grown long enough to protect them from the elements, and their eyes are open.
Physical Characteristics of a Baby Squirrel
Baby squirrels are characterized by their large eyes, small ears, and fluffy tails. The eyes are usually brown-black. Unless they are albino, then their eyes are red or blue. Their ears are small and pointed, while their tails are long, bushy, and thick.
Baby squirrels also have sharp claws and teeth for climbing, digging, and eating. They have a remarkable ability to balance and climb due to their sharp claws and long tails.
Baby Squirrels in the Wild
Once the baby squirrels are old enough and strong enough to venture out into the world, they will start to explore and learn. When young, the babies are very social creatures and often interact with other animals in the wild and captivity.
In the wild, baby squirrels usually remain close to their mother for many months. They spend most of their time foraging for food and looking for an excellent spot to build a nest.
Diet and Habits of Baby Squirrels
Baby squirrels have a diet that consists primarily of fruits, nuts, and insects. They are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. When the opportunity arises, they will also eat bird eggs.
As for their habits, they usually spend their days looking for food and a place to build a nest for the near future. They will also spend a lot of time playing with each other and honing their skills as climbers and acrobats.
Common Health Issues of Baby Squirrels
Babies are susceptible to various health issues, some of which can be quite serious. These include fleas and ticks, parasites, and infections.
If you find a sick baby squirrel, please call a rehabber for advice. Here are a few resources to locate a rehabber.
The Different Types of Baby Squirrels
There are several kinds of baby squirrels, including the eastern gray squirrel, red squirrel, ground squirrel, and flying squirrel. The eastern gray squirrel is the most common type of squirrel found in North America, while the red squirrel is found in the northern United States and Canada.
The flying squirrel is the smallest of the three and is found in North America, Asia, and Europe.
No matter what type of baby squirrel, they all share some common characteristics. They are all small, adorable, and full of energy.
Interesting Facts about the Baby Squirrel
Did you know that a baby squirrel can climb up to four feet per second? That’s faster than an adult human can run! Besides being fast, they are incredibly intelligent and can remember where they have buried their food.
They are also incredibly social and can form strong bonds with their siblings and other animals. They will often play together and even groom each other.
Baby squirrels are some of the most adorable animals on the planet. With their big eyes, small ears, and fluffy tails, they can bring a smile to anyone’s face.
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Squirrels are amazing creatures that are full of life and love. They are sure to make your day a little brighter.