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Squirrels live in winter burrows during the winter months, which can be found underground or in hollowed out trees. Unlike many rodents, squirrels do not hibernate during the winter but they keep their activity to a minimum while living off fat reserves.


Tree squirrels don't hibernate during the winter, but many species mate, hunker down in their winter nests and live off of food storage during the cold months. These winter nests are distinct from summer nests, and are located underground or in abandoned buildings.


Squirrels take refuge in dens and nests in the wintertime. Like humans and many other mammals, squirrels need protection from the harsh winds and elements of winter. Their wintertime shelters vary in size and composition depending on location, but all contain overhead r...


At night, squirrels conclude their activities by retreating to nests, which are primarily built in trees. Like birds, most squirrels build nests to serve as homes, which they use for raising young and resting. Many construct their dwellings on tree branches, although so...


Squirrels live on every continent of the world except Antarctica and Australia. However, in recent years, squirrels have been introduced to Australia.


The eastern gray squirrel, the type commonly seen in trees, does not hibernate during the winter, but the ground squirrel does hibernate in the winter. Both types of squirrel are common in North America, with the main difference being that the ground squirrel does not m...


Squirrels may wait out a heavy rainstorm in their nests, while using their tails to provide protection during light rain so that they may still forage for food or play. Squirrels make nests called dreys, built high up in the trees, and these nests provide protection aga...