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How long do squirrels live?

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In captivity grey squirrels have been known to live for 20 years, whereas in the wild they may survive until they are 8-10 years old. Typically though, a grey squirrel survives for a much shorter time in the wild, only about 40% get past their first year, though if they do they then they tend to survive for 4-5 further years. The studies that have been carried out seem to indicate that survival rates depend on the available food supply and on the weather. If the food supply is poor and there is a bad winter with lots of snow, then the survival rates can be very low. All of this seems to be a very good argument for keeping squirrels as pets! • Where do squirrels get their name from? The name squirrel comes from its latin name; Sciurus. The latin name however has Greek origins! It is derived from the Greek word skiouros, which means shade-tail. This is because when squirrels sit upright their long fluffy tail curls up behind them and shades them from the sun. The word sciurus to ... more
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