Where Do Squirells Sleep?

December 22, 2023

Squirrels are very interesting creatures and they may seem quite silly at times. They are diurnally active and spend much of their time hunting, building nests, dens, increasing food supplies and caring for young. As soon as the sun goes down, however, they quickly seek out a place to sleep for the night.

Despite being a mammal, the squirrel is surprisingly unique in that it can hibernate. This is known as estivation and is done to conserve energy when living in very harsh climates. In the winter, for example, a squirrel can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping.

The most common squirrel in the UK, the tree squirrel (or trembling beech), is known to spend much of its time in a den called a drey. These are built using twigs, branches, leaves and mosses and can be found high up in trees between tree branch forks. Dens can also be created in attics or along the walls of houses.

When it rains, squirrels typically stay in their dens to prevent being wet which can reduce their body temperature. If they must be out in the rain, then they use their tails as some sort of umbrella to help protect themselves from light showers.

It is not uncommon to find squirrels curled up on top of birdhouses or nestboxes as well as in cavities on trees. This is probably due to the fact that these shelters provide protection and safety from predators and the elements.

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