Where Do Gray Squirrels Sleep?

October 11, 2023

When you’re on a hike or strolling through a wooded area, you may come across a squirrel napping in its drey nest. These nests, called dreys, are made of sticks wrapped with long strands of grass and lined with moss, bark strips and leaves. These nests are strategically positioned in the forks of tree branches. They can also be built inside the attics and walls of homes.

Like all mammals, squirrels spend up to 60% of their time asleep. Their nocturnal nature makes them most active at dusk and dawn.

While they are scavengers and will eat just about anything, squirrels tend to like fungi, acorns, green vegetation, seeds and fruits. They can also be seen nibbling on pine cones or on the bark of a tree trunk. Their maximum life span is 10 years.

In the summer, squirrels build leaf nests from branches they’ve gnawed off trees and mosses, leaves and twigs. They’ll also make dens from twigs, bark and sticks. They prefer to live near forests with maples, tanoaks, oaks, Douglas-fir, white firs and madrones.

Squirrels are a nuisance in some areas because they will chew on the bark of trees, break into bird nests to steal eggs and destroy their young. They can cause structural damage to homes and buildings and even contaminate our gardens and yards with their droppings. Their abundance in urban areas can also cause problems for wildlife, including attracting rodents and insects that will prey on them.


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