Could baby squirrels be out of the nest in late February in Southwest Ohio?

Asked February 25, 2014, 9:21 AM EST

The past few mornings, I've seen four or five squirrels playing together in the trees in my back yard. Is it possible that baby squirrels are old enough in late February to be out of the nest?

Warren County Ohio wildlife horticulture

1 Response

Fox and gray squirrels breed at one year of age. They breed in mid-December or early January and again in June. The gestation period is 45 days. If you are seeing young squirrels now, they are probably 6 months of age so they are more than old enough to be out on their own.Greg Meyer