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Are squirrels ever active at night?

We see squirrels around our homes all times. These are busy little creatures that always seem to be up something. It does not matter what time of day that you are up and looking outside or out for a walk, you probably see these animals scurrying around getting nuts or fruits, or chasing each other around and up a tree. They seem to always be on the go.

This may make you wonder if squirrels are out and doing things at night as well. That is a good question, and the answer is no.

Squirrels, for the most part, are what is called diurnal animals. This means that they are busy doing things during the day, but are asleep at night. While many other kinds of rodents, like rats and mice, are much more active at night than they are during the day, the squirrel is the exception.

They are animals that love to sleep at night and this is one of the reasons that they are so careful to build homes where they are very difficult for other animals to get at their burrows. If you consider that a squirrel does not have many defensive options, it makes sense that they must have a home that makes it very difficult for predators to reach them.

If you consider that the only real defensive mechanism that a squirrel has is its ability to get away, this makes sense. When predators chase squirrels the critter simply climbs a tree or outruns whatever is chasing it. This seems to work perfectly well for, for the most part at least. However, in its little burrow there is not many places that it can go to get away. If a predator has breached its home, the squirrel is simply in a lot of trouble.

This may seem to be against it, but the squirrel does not have incredible eyesight or a sense of smell like the opossum or the rat. This means that it needs the light of day to find its food sources. Because they are quick and agile they are not concerned with predators in the daytime, because they can get away from most with their speed and ability to maneuver well.

The one exception to this rule is the flying squirrels. These creatures are nocturnal, meaning that they sleep during the day and are active at night time. They are the one exception for squirrels, because they have characteristics that make it easier for them to take advantage of the nighttime conditions. This includes improved eyesight and sense of smell, but it also includes the fact that they can glide down to avoid getting trapped by a predator. This enables them to be much more successful during the night. Read more: Squirrel Control, How to Get Rid of Squirrels, how to get squirrels out of your attic, Squirrel Feces, How to Keep Squirrels Away from House, How to Kill Squirrels.

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