squirrels are 8 to 10 inches long from head and body. Their
bushy tails are as long as their bodies. The red squirrel
is about 2 inches smaller in both head and body and tail.
Of course, as their name states, the fur on gray squirrels
is more grayish and the fur on the red squirrel is more reddish.
Both kinds of squirrels have whitish fur on their chests and
squirrels have 22 teeth whereas red squirrels have 20 teeth.
They have 4 toes on the front feet and five toes on their
back feet. They communicate with bark-type sounds and with
movement of their tails
kinds of squirrels have two litters of 3
to 5 babies per year. Both kinds of squirrels mate in late
winter and then during the summer months of June and July.
It takes about 44 days for gray squirrel young to develop
and 38 days for red squirrels.
types of squirrels are born blind and naked in tree nests.
Squirrels build two kinds of nests -- one is within tree holes
and the other is a leaf nest within the branches. Most likely,
the first litter of squirrels will be born within the tree
hole. The second litter will be born within the branch nest.
Baby squirrels feed from their mothers' milk for about two
months. Then, they are on their own. Gray squirrels can live
up to 15 years in zoos. Red squirrels live for about 10 years.
In the wild, both kinds of squirrels are food for birds of
prey and other predators, such as