Squirrels and Pups: What Month Do Squirrels Have Babies?
Squirrels, with their bushy tails, bright eyes, and friendly nature, are beloved animals to many. Aside from being fun to see and watch, did you know that they also have babies sometimes? Here’s what you need to know about when squirrels have their little pups, how they care for them, and what you can do if you find a baby squirrel in need of help.
When Do Squirrels Have Babies?
Typically, squirrels have their young during the late spring and early summer months. Here are the specific times of year when baby squirrels can typically be expected:
- Northern Flying Squirrels: April – June
- Gray Squirrels: April – July
- Red Squirrels: June – August
- Fox Squirrels: March – May and June – August
- Douglas’ Squirrels: March – May and June – June
What’s Caring for Baby Squirrels Like?
Once the baby squirrels are born, the mother works hard to keep them warm and safe. She will create a nest, made either of a pile of leaves or of a nest box, and line it with fur for extra warmth. She will stay with the babies, nursing them and caring for them, until they are ready to start being more independent.
What Do I Do if I Find a Baby Squirrel?
If you find a baby squirrel by itself, it’s best to leave it alone. If it is shivering, cold, wet, or hurt, it’s best to contact a local animal shelter or a squirrel rehabilitator to come and pick it up. Never attempt to feed or touch the baby squirrel, as it can spread disease or cause the baby to imprint on humans, which can make the squirrel difficult to release back into the wild.
Squirrels can make great backyard buddies when they are respected and kept at a distance. Knowing when they have their babies also helps us respect them and their space during this special time. Being familiar with when they have their babies, how they care for them, and what to do if you find one can help you be better prepared for their interactions with your home.