Are you sure it’s a baby squirrel?

Older baby squirrels are easy to identify — they look like mini adult squirrels, but don’t have a bushy tail yet.

Newborn, naked baby squirrels can be distinguished from other babies by their long tail, small ears, and black toenails.

Baby squirrels come in lots of different colours, including black, brown, and grey. Red squirrels are smaller, and a separate species, but their care and rescue are the same.

Not sure the baby you’ve found is a squirrel? Go back to our species selection page.

Get the baby squirrel contained

To keep the baby squirrel safe while you figure out how to help it, put the squirrel in a small cardboard box with a soft towel or t-shirt. Even on a warm day babies can get cold, so give it a heat source:

  • a clean sock filled with dry, uncooked rice, and microwaved for one minute
  • a plastic bottle from the recycling bin filled with hot tap water
  • an electric heating pad set to “LOW” and placed under half of the box.
Red Squirrel