How Long Do Squirrels Live?

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Squirrel Life Cycle

Female squirrels usually give birth to two litters a year, each containing an average of two to three pups. Young are born without fur and aren't ready to leave the nest for at least a month and a half. By the time two months pass, baby squirrels are typically weaned and on their own.

Squirrel Life Expectancy

Typically, about half the squirrels in a population die each year. Predators like hawks, owls, coyotes, bobcats, and snakes eat squirrels. Parasites, diseases, and falls can kill squirrels. Human interactions like car collisions also threaten squirrels.

Eastern Gray Squirrel Life Expectancy

At birth, the gray squirrel's life expectancy is only two years. In the wild, the maximum recorded life span for gray squirrels is 12 years. In captivity, squirrels can live up to 20 years.

Red Squirrel Life Expectancy

The average red squirrel lives five years, though the pests have great difficulty surviving their first year. 9 years is the longest recorded wild red squirrel lifespan.

Ground Squirrel Life Expectancy

The average lifespan for the California ground squirrel is 3 to 4 years in the wild, but they can live as long as 6 years. In captivity, the recorded lifespan for the ground squirrel is 10 years.

Controlling Squirrels

Since squirrels can live for a fairly long time and cause damage when they nest in yards and attics, homeowners usually aren't pleased to see the pests. In order to avoid the spread of disease or the hassle of finding a squirrel in the house, contact the experts at Trutech for removal at the first sign of activity.