Where do squirrels sleep at night?

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-- George K., Cleveland, Ohio Ah, good question. The squirrels (tree squirrels, that is) that live where you live and in many parts of eastern North America are the eastern gray squirrel, the fox squirrel and the red squirrel. (Flying tree squirrels dont really sleep at night at all. Theyre nocturnal, or active at night.) The first two, the gray squirrel and the fox squirrel, sleep at night in dens and drays. A den, usually a hole in a tree, is typically used in winter. The hole is lined with comfy stuff like moss and fur and feathers. Ahhh. A dray is a nest of leaves and twigs, the size of a basketball, built in a trees upper branches. Summer drays may be just a platform. Winter drays are warm and waterproof. Red squirrels, for their part, sleep in dens and drays as well. But their den may be in a hole in a tree or even a log on the ground. Sweet dreams, nutty friends! Sleepily, Twig P.S. Western tree squirrels include the Douglas, western gray and amazing-eared Aberts. Dear Editor ... more
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