Squirrel BasicsSquirrels can reproduce at alarming rates as they can give birth up to two litters each year with each litter ranging from 2-4 babies. Squirrels feast on the available nuts and seeds and occasionally they may consume other foods such as insects, buds and mushrooms. Their natural habitat is in the trees and forest areas, however, many have adapted to life among human beings and as a result, you may find them in your home.
Some Squirrel Species in Your Neighbourhood
- Eastern Grey Squirrels are mostly grey and have white fur coating on their belly. It is common to also see these rodents in black colour as well. These squirrels are small and fast reaching up to 25 km per hour on the ground. This makes them a little trickier to control when removing from an attic.
- Red Squirrels are mostly found in Northwestern Ontario in wooded areas and especially the spruce and pine trees. They are about 28-34cms in size and their body colour is olive-brown with black speckles and a grey underside. Red Squirrels are vulnerable to a variety of prey but the overall population remains high as they produce 2 to 7 babies each year and sometimes two litters.