The newest Animal Ambassador at Wildlife Images is all tooth! Frederika, the gray squirrel’s front teeth grow at the rate of six inches a year! When Frederika was a baby she broke her jaw when she likely fell out of her nest. Because of the way it healed, her incisors don’t naturally wear down. She needs regular visits to the clinic to have her front teeth trimmed. Without this care, eventually, her front teeth would grow so long she wouldn’t be able to eat.
You can meet Frederika in her new home near the Wildlife Images Clinic.
Western gray squirrels use their long bushy tail for balance when running and leaping between branches. Squirrels are scatter-hoarders, making numerous caches of food when it is abundant. This method means they contribute to seed distribution of the trees they use for food.
Like other rodents, a squirrel’s teeth grow continuously. Their incisors grow around six inches per year, but stay short due to constant wear.
If young squirrels have nested in your attic or garage, wait until they have matured and left the nest to patch up the point of entry. Then install a one way gate over the hole to allow squirrels to exit but not re-enter.