Several different species of squirrels live in North America. Because all squirrels are mammals, their reproduction behaviors are somewhat similar, but issues of gestation, litter size and mating can vary from species to species. To understand the similarities and differences between squirrel species, we can compare several of their gestation and mating habits. These species include fox, flying, red, gray, and ground squirrels.
Along the eastern coasts of North America and Canada, the gray squirrel's mating ritual shares some similarities to that of the red squirrel. When a female is nearing her period of fertility, a group of up to 10 males will begin chasing her. Usually, the most dominant of the males will end up earning the right to mate with her after a brief period of courtship. These breeding periods occur twice each year, usually in the middle of summer and again near the end of winter. After successful mating occurs, gestation lasts about 44 days. Gray squirrel litters can include up to nine babies, but the average litter includes only two or three.
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