Gray Squirrels, Flying Squirrels, Red Squirrels and many other types of squirrels give birth to squirrel babies twice a year usually in the months of December through February and again in the months of May through June. This time line may be off by as much as a month depending on the specific location and the weather patterns your area is experiencing at that specific time.
In most central locations of the United States the first squirrel babies are born in the months of February and March and the second litter of squirrel babies will be born in the months of June and July. The average litter size of the gray squirrel babies is normally 2 to 6 baby squirrels and we have experienced numbers as high as 8 to 10 baby squirrels in a litter.
Gray squirrels have a gestation period of about 44 days. The baby squirrels are born naked meaning they have no hair and are weaned after seven weeks. The baby squirrels will leave the nest after 10 weeks of age to start to forage on their own. The baby squirrel will enter back into the breeding cycle at the age of 5 1/2 months this is where the baby squirrel reaches sexual maturity and the cycle will completely start over.
In captivity, squirrels have been known to live as long as 20 years but in the wild it is estimated that gray squirrel will live to be a maximum of 12 years old. In that 12 years it is estimated that a healthy adult female gray squirrel could have had over 125 baby squirrels in the course of her life. Most of the time when we deal with squirrel babies it is the calls for Squirrels in the Attic
or Squirrels in the Chimney
area of someone's home.
If you think you have squirrels or squirrel babies in or around your home do not tried to handle this problem on your own. Mother squirrels can be aggresive and very protective of their babies to defend them. Call our professional squirrel removal companies listed on the left side to handle all your squirrel removal and squirrel control problems.