Most people can’t tell if a squirrel is pregnant just by looking at it, but just in case you’re having trouble spotting it, here are some ways to tell.
- A standard method of telling if a squirrel is pregnant is looking at the squirrel’s butt. The squirrel may be pregnant if the belly button area looks more prominent than usual.
- Another sign that a squirrel is pregnant is if it has visible nipples. Females only have two nipples, while males don’t have any at all.
- You can also tell if a squirrel is pregnant by checking out the size of its tail and limbs. If they look fatter than usual and shorter than average, then you might be looking at a pregnant squirrel.
- Mammals generally gain weight while pregnant, so you can also just look at the squirrel’s weight to tell if it is pregnant. Like humans, when mammals are carrying young, they weigh more than usual.
People may argue that all of these signs don’t necessarily mean that a squirrel is pregnant because other factors could affect all of these things.
However, if the squirrel is craving food and spending a lot of time in its nest, it probably is pregnant.
If you’re still uncertain whether or not the squirrel is pregnant, just wait a few weeks until the baby squirrels are born. There’s nothing wrong with being patient.
How long are squirrels pregnant?
It’s hard to tell precisely how long squirrels are pregnant because it can vary by species, but most squirrels are pregnant for about 44 days.
How long are squirrels pregnant by species:
- Chipmunks are pregnant for 30 days
- Red Squirrels are pregnant for 38 days
- Gray Squirrels are pregnant for 44 days
- Flying Squirrels are pregnant for 40 days.
When do squirrels have babies?
Squirrels are known for their two breeding seasons, which correspond to spring and fall. The mating season begins in December and lasts until February when it resumes in late June through August.
The baby squirrels are born from April to July, depending on the species.
More specifically, flying squirrels give birth in May and June. Red Squirrels give birth in March and April. Gray Squirrels give birth between January and February. Chipmunks typically only have one breeding season between January and February.
What happens after the babies are born?
If the squirrel is pregnant and you see more than two baby squirrels in its nest, then she’s probably just taking care of her newest litter. There should only be one female squirrel per nest, so don’t split them up.
Once the babies are weaned, they will leave their mother’s nest and help their mother forage for food.
Squirrel mating season and identification of your squirrels
Most squirrels mate in the fall, but some breed in the spring or summer. If you want to tell if a squirrel is pregnant, you will have to know how to identify whether your squirrel is male or female.
Male squirrels are easy to identify because they have a cloaca area like a skin flap.
How many babies do squirrels have:
Squirrels can have anywhere from 3 to 4 babies at one time.
Is your female squirrel looking for a nest?:
If you notice that your female squirrel is building a nest outside in a tree near your squirrel feeder, it might mean that she’s pregnant and will have her babies in the next few months.
Secure nests are essential for a baby squirrel’s survival, so if your female squirrel is spending a lot of time building her nest, it might mean that she’s pregnant.
What should I do if I find a squirrel that I think might be pregnant?
If you find out that your female squirrel is pregnant, try not to disturb her too much so she can continue to take care of herself.
During gestation, many species of ground squirrels are susceptible to disturbance.
They become easily stressed when they are too cold or too hot or if you disturb their nest.
Try not to over-handle your female ground squirrel so she can keep her stress levels low and have healthy babies.
How long do baby squirrels stay with their mother?
Once baby squirrels have been born, they entirely depend on their mother.
They cannot regulate their body temperature or care for themselves at all. For the first few months of life, baby ground squirrels stay with their mothers.
By 4-5 weeks, they can explore outside of the nest but will stay within close range of mom for several more weeks.