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Colorado is home to three kinds of tree squirrels: the rusty red fox squirrel, Abert’s squirrel and the smaller but noisier pine squirrel.
Squirrels are diurnal - active during the day - and active year-round.
Squirrels build their nests in trees using leaves and other materials.
Adult squirrels can consume about one and a half pounds of seeds and nuts each week.
Squirrels must drink water at least twice per day.
A squirrel’s incisors grow about six inches per year. They must constantly gnaw on hard materials to keep them worn down and to sharpen them.
Squirrels can jump up to six feet vertically and eight feet between trees or structures.
The fox squirrel sweats through its paws. During hot weather, it will actually leave damp tracks on a dry surface.
Tips for coexisting with squirrels:
Prevent squirrels from climbing trees by placing 18-inch metal cylinders on tree trunks.
Trim branches hanging over the roof to prevent them from accessing attics.
Seal all small holes under eaves and along the roof line.
Screen attic vents on the inside with hardware cloth to keep squirrels out.
Eliminate easy food sources like bird feeders.
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