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  • The United States is home to over 12 species of tree squirrels, almost two dozen species of ground squirrels, and 2 types of flying squirrels.
  • They are found across the United States and are classified as game animals in some states. Mostly, though, squirrels are unprotected and considered little more than nuisances.

You are likely to find one species of tree squirrel and two species of ground squirrels in New Mexico.

  • Abert's Squirrel (Tree Squirrel)
    • Noticeable ear hair tufts extending 1–2 inches above head
    • Gray coat with white underbelly
    • Rusty/reddish-colored strip down back
    • Some are completely black
  • Rock Squirrel (Ground Squirrel)
    • One of largest squirrels worldwide (Up to 21 Inches)
    • Front & top speckled grayish brown
    • Rear & bottom brownish-black tone
  • Least Chipmunk (Ground Squirrel)
    • Smallest species of chipmunk (6.2–9.8 Inches)
    • Back is marked with five dark brown to black stripes, separated by four white or cream-colored stripes
    • Orange-brown bushy tail


  • Tree squirrels typically grow between 1–2 feet long, including their bushy tails. Their coarse, grizzled coats often range from gray, brown, or black, and they have lightly-colored underbellies.
  • Ground squirrels have shorter tails, short fur, and are generally smaller. They range in appearance from reddish-gray to smoky brown and may have black spots or stripes.
  • Flying squirrels are the smallest of all three types and have webs of skin between their fore and hind limbs used for gliding. Typically light brown or gray, flying squirrels are primarily nocturnal and have large eyes to help them see at night.


  • Species of tree squirrels prefer to live among hardwood or coniferous forests where ground cover is plentiful. Their nests are usually made of twigs and leaves.
  • Ground squirrels thrive in open grasslands where they dig deep, extensive burrows with multiple exits.
  • Flying squirrels make their homes in the crevices of trees or abandoned bird's nests. The small, nocturnal creatures prefer to live in wooded areas where they can glide from treetop to treetop without having to descend to the ground.



Are squirrels known to enter homes or yards?

  • Squirrels are common sights in backyards and public parks.
  • As opportunistic omnivores, they feed off human food and garbage whenever possible.
  • Tree squirrels and flying squirrels have been known to enter unsecured attic spaces to nest, and ground squirrels often burrow into yards or farmers' fields in search of food.


Do squirrels harm people or property?

  • Squirrels are expert foragers, damaging properties with their destructive digging habits.
  • When ground squirrels burrow near manmade embankments or dams, they weaken the structural integrity and cause collapses.
  • Flying squirrels and tree squirrels damage homes by gnawing or tearing at insulation and electrical wires on roofs and in attics. They can also cause outages when they run across power lines.


Control and Safety

  • Making sure you keep squirrels out of your yard is challenging since the rodents can simply burrow underneath or climb over most fences, though electrified fencing can be effective. It can be hard for an inexperienced homeowner to determine the best way to get rid of squirrels.
  • Tree squirrels and flying squirrels can both be preventing from getting into attics by sealing all potential entry points on the outside of the house and maintaining overhanging tree limbs.

Trapping Squirrels and Squirrel Removal

If serious problems with squirrels arise, contact Critter Control professional technicians to handle the furry little rodents. Our experts have the training and necessary equipment to trap and get rid of squirrels from private properties. We only employ humane methods of eradication and our process is safe for all parties involved.

We can help you get rid of squirrel problems by trapping and removing squirrels.  Call today: 505.349-4178 in Albuquerque or 505.715.5558 in Santa Fe.