Picture of a brown squirrel

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 ready to venture out on their own.

What is the Lifespan of a Squirrel?

Though many of these animals die after the first two years, the average lifespan of a squirrel can be much longer. Gray and red squirrel lifespans are slightly different. The former species is much more resilient, living an average of six years. Even then, they can survive as long as 12 years in the wild.

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

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.