The unique white squirrels of Olney are true albinos, sporting white fur
and pink eyes with crystal blue irises. Other squirrels come in
many colors and shades of gray and black .
The male tree squirrel is the cleanest
animal of the rodent family. He spends double the amount of time
grooming himself as does the female.
The incisor teeth of a squirrel grow
continuously. Annually the teeth will grow 6 inches however the
constant use and wear keep the teeth short. Relative to it's size, the
squirrel's jaws are the most powerful of any animal.
Early spring welcomes newborn squirrels,
pink, hairless, and without sight these babies weigh about 12 grams and
are about one inch in length. They leave the nest at about 7 weeks
and learn tree climbing skills. Squirrels reach maturity at one
year and have an average lifespan of 10-12 years.
During harsh winter weather and severe
cold squirrels may not leave their nest for several days feeding on the
nuts they have stored during the summer months. Squirrels do not
One and one half pounds of seeds and nuts
are consumed by an adult every week. Weighing about 1 1/4 pounds,
squirrels eat more than their body weight each week.
Squirrels are protected in the City of
Olney, causing them harm in any way is unlawful . Squirrels are
granted right-of-way on all streets as well as sidewalks. Fines
for violation of the squirrel protection laws can be as much as $750 per