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There are quite a few incidences that you might find mostly nocturnal creatures coming out during the day. There are also quite a few reason as to why a daytime animal, such as the squirrel, would be active at night. In fact, squirrels are a little human-like with they’re awake / sleep patterns. They are classed as diurnal, which means they are mostly active during the day but they don’t always sleep the entire night through. It might get hungry and feel it needs to snack. It might need to mate. It might have found a great source of food that it simply must eat from (and hoard from) right now. Oh, and what about needing to wake up and go for a wee in the night? We’ve all been there. Squirrels get that too.
Again, just like humans, squirrels can be awoken from their nighttime slumbers because of lots of light, or even lots of warmth. A really warm night, for example, could keep the critter awake, especially if it unusually warm for the time of year. Seeing as they couldn’t sleep anyway, they would head out and forage for food, as well as grabbing a drink and hanging out with squirrel-pals.
Do not be alarmed if you see animals like squirrels awake at night. It does not mean that they are sick. It doesn’t mean that they are infected with rabies. It just means that something is keeping them awake, either bright lights, a nice bit of warmth, of the prospect of some really good food.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does squirrel removal cost? - get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of squirrels - my main squirrel removal info guide.
Example squirrel trapping photographs - get do-it-yourself ideas.
Squirrel job blog - learn from great examples of squirrel jobs I've done.
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