fleas in a colder than average winter

Yesterday, while out putting a radio-collar on a new female I noticed she had fleas.  While I have seen fleas on bobcats in the winter, this is the first time I remember ever seeing them on grey squirrels in ANY season.  December and January have been colder than average.  The average low and high for Biddeford this December was 8.2 F and 29.2 F, respectively; the long-term average December low and high temps for Biddeford are 19 F and 37 F, respectively.  The average low and high for Biddeford this January was 13.6 F and 31.7 F, respectively; the long-term average January low and high temps for Biddeford are 14 F and 34 F, respectively.  Hardy fleas!

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