Young Eastern Fox Squirrel Eating an Acorn

Baby Eastern Fox SquirrelThe eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) is the most common tree squirrel in Nebraska. It is common throughout the state.

Adult fox squirrels breed during December and January, and sometimes again in early summer. They dwell primarily in tree cavities and leaf nests. About three to six young are born after a 45-day gestation period. Each newborn squirrel weighs about 1/2 ounce. The young are weaned at 3 months of age.

Fox squirrels do not hibernate, although they spend much time in their nests during the winter. Fox squirrels generally live from four to seven years but can live as long as 12 years.

The antics of fox squirrels are fun to watch and they are interesting backyard wildlife. However, squirrels can also be a nuisance or cause property damage and control is necessary. For more information, visit HERE:

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