Squirrels begin shopping for and storing winter food in the summer. When Fall’s cooler temperatures arrive, a squirrel’s winter shopping spree intensifies. They hoard their food and mark their scent using their memory and amazing sense of smell that can detect its food through 30 cm (1 foot) of snow. They also prepare by increasing their food consumption and body mass. They basically get fat.
Squirrels Do Not Hibernate in Winter
Once the frigid winter temperatures become unbearable, squirrels will burrow into a warm, seclusive place and sleep (a lot). They hunker down in their den opting to stay warm with their buddies rather than galavanting in the snow. Science Alert: Squirrels keep their body temperatures stable (within homeostasis) by sleeping in a communal arrangement. This is a form of conduction, in which heat can be transferred between the two squirrels that are touching.
When its warm enough, they will venture out and cash in on the food they saved during the Summer and Fall. It is estimated that a squirrel hoard 3 years worth of food!
This Winter Get Prepared Like a Squirrel
Prepare for winter by making sure your heater is working properly and that your oil tank will never run out of heating oil. For many people, this is a stressful chore. That’s why Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling has created our Worry-Free Winter Packages. We’ll take care of your heating system, your fuel deliveries, and help spread out the cost of heating oil.