This week I saw a small and diminutive version of our usually demonstrative and rambunctious Abert's squirrels. I'm guessing it was a she. I'm basing my decision on the fact that she had obviously been nursing babies. Anyone that has had a mama cat or dog knows what I mean. If you look closely at the photo you can see little bare belly patches.
Mating season for Abert's squirrels can run from late February through early June. During mating season the female is followed by small groups of males. The males chase the female through the trees providing free entertainment for hours. The female usually has only one litter a year with one to five babies. The babies are born without fur and their eyes are closed. They may start to climb down to the ground when they are about seven weeks old and are weaned after about 10 weeks.
I'll be watching for those babies!
Black Abert Squirrel 5x7 Fine Art Photograph