(Sciurus carolinensis) Squirrels love to make their home in attics. Adults average about one pound in weight. They can supposedly live for up to ten years, but life expectancy in the wild probably isn’t more than 3-4 years. Squirrels give birth to two litters per year – one in late summer, and one in winter. The female gives birth to 3-4 young after a 44 day gestation, and the young grow quickly, and are weaned in about ten weeks. Squirrels are most active in morning and evening. Squirrels eat mostly nuts and seeds. Call us if you are having any squirrel problems.
There’s too many snake species to catalogue here. The important thing to know is that most snakes are non-venomous, and pretty much none of them are aggressive. That is, no snake will slither up to you and attack you. Most will run, and some will stand their ground, but if you leave the snake alone, it’ll leave you alone. That’s how it works for most animals. Some facts common to all snakes – they have no eyelids. They smell with their tongues, by flicking the forked tongue out and tasting the air. They are carnivorous.
(Procyon lotor) This common nuisance species is very intelligent, curious, and physically capable – strong, and a good climber. Raccoons frequently break into houses and attics, both in search of food and shelter. They’ll also steal pet food, poop in your pool, and get into all sorts of mischief. Adults range from 10 lbs on up, with some reaching over 40lbs. They can live up to 12 years in the wild, though average life spans average closer to 5-6 years.
(Didelphis virginiana)Possums are nomadic and opportunistic animals. They sometimes establish a home base, especially a female with young, and often live in human structures. Adults average 10-14 lbs. They don’t live very long, rarely more than two years, three max. They mate in January, and then the tiny young climb into the pouch (opossums are marsupials) and grow, then cling to the mother’s back, then leave. Opossums are omnivores, which means that they eat anything. They are nocturnal.
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