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Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrel ~ Cat Squirrel

Family: Sciuridae Picture of "Rocky", a Gray Squirrel"Rocky"Sciurus carolinensisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Jerry Donaldson
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Hello, I lost my squirrel not long ago, passing from old age. I'm looking for 1 or 2 squirrels of you have and for sale or to rehome please get ahold of me. Thanks... (more)  Gena

   The Gray Squirrel is perhaps the most familiar of all squirrels!

   Gray Squirrels are primarily forest dwellers, but have adapted to the encroachment of humans by becoming part of large city parks. You can often see them scurrying about, foraging for seeds, buds, and nuts.

Dr. Jungle says..."Rocky sure likes his pizza!"

"This is Rocky. He's a 1 year old Western Grey Squirrel, rescued as a baby from a cat, he was bottle fed and given full run of the house. The best pet by far!"... Jerry Donaldson

For more information about the care of Gray Squirrel see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Squirrel


Geographic Distribution
Sciurus carolinensis
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Sciuridae
  • Genus: Sciurus
  • Species: carolinensis
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Scientific name: Sciurus carolinensis

Background:
   Gray Squirrels are native to North America, found mostly in the Eastern United States. They were also introduced to other areas of the world, such as Ireland, South Africa, and Great Britain.
   Their homes are in tree cavities or in bulky water-proof twig and leaf nests built in tree branches. They also dig burrows in the ground, but these are for food storage.
   They are generally a quiet little creature, but if alarmed will emit a harsh guttural "bark", flipping its tail with each squawk.
   Gray Squirrels eat acorns and hickory nuts throughout the year, though they may eat buds, tender twigs, seeds, and insects when the weather permits. Unlike their very active smaller cousin the American Red Squirrel, which needs large amounts of seeds and nuts to see it through the winter, the Gray Squirrel can subsist on a rather small quantity of buds and nuts, and will often sleep soundly through periods of stormy weather.
   They are not quite as fearless as the American Red Squirrel in the presence of humans, but will soon overcome their caution and come out to visit if you sit quietly.

Description:    Eastern Gray Squirrels are 17"-20" long, and 8 1/2" - 9 1/2" of this length is their bushy tail! There are marked color variations in this squirrel, so at one time they were described as four different species, but today they are all contained in one valid species.

Interesting Facts:    - Gray squirrels are so plentiful that they often have to regulate their
      populations by shooting them for sport, or poisoning and trapping them.
   - They are not nocturnal, and are most active at dawn and at dusk gathering
      food. They will generally spend the late morning and noon hours in the nest,
      coming out in mid afternoon, and then retiring for the rest of the night an
      hour or so before sunset.

Author: Jasmine Brough
Lastest Animal Stories on Eastern Gray Squirrel


Gena - 2017-04-11
Hello, I lost my squirrel not long ago, passing from old age. I'm looking for 1 or 2 squirrels of you have and for sale or to rehome please get ahold of me. Thanks in advance

  • Morgan McCullough - 2017-04-25
    I have a 10-12 week old squirrel that I'm looking to put into a permanent home. Her left eye is injured and she cannot see out of it. BUT, she is fine otherwise.
    PLEASE text me 912-242-4743
  • Morgan - 2017-04-25
    I have a 10-12 week old squirrel that I'm looking to put into a permanent home. Her left eye is injured and she cannot see out of it. BUT, she is fine otherwise.
    Please text me 912-242-4743 DO NOT CALL first.
    I will call when I'm available, I work a lot.
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mike - 2017-04-05
hi. im heartbroken that i lost my baby miles. an eastern gray squirrel. i miss him so much. i'm looking for a new eastern gray squirrel to lovev and protect. please let me know if you have an orphan i can raise. i promise to shower it with endless love.

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MELVIN - 2017-04-04
In the Maine, NH, Mass. area. I am looking for a newborn male gray squirrel. Life without a gray tree rat in the house is horrible. I am willing to pay a fee for a baby. I have fed many newborns. Thank you.

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Steve - 2017-03-31
Just wanted to post my little story about rescuing 2 baby grey squirrels they are about 9 month's old now and have become adapted to the house life fairly well. I have built a extra large cage with 2 wooden squirrel boxes attached to the side. I let them run through the house a couple hour's a day to get the piss and vinegar out of there systems and for the most part they are a very loving and friendly animal except for the accidental bites every now and then. I must add that we are actually there pet's unless they want to be loved on they are busy trying to get into anything they can but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. All and all they are a very smart and friendly animal that is a lot smarter than most people I know. 😁😁😁❤️❤️

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Gena - 2017-04-11
Hello, I lost my squirrel not long ago, passing from old age. I'm looking for 1 or 2 squirrels of you have and for sale or to rehome please get ahold of me. Thanks in advance

  • Morgan McCullough - 2017-04-25
    I have a 10-12 week old squirrel that I'm looking to put into a permanent home. Her left eye is injured and she cannot see out of it. BUT, she is fine otherwise.
    PLEASE text me 912-242-4743
  • Morgan - 2017-04-25
    I have a 10-12 week old squirrel that I'm looking to put into a permanent home. Her left eye is injured and she cannot see out of it. BUT, she is fine otherwise.
    Please text me 912-242-4743 DO NOT CALL first.
    I will call when I'm available, I work a lot.
Reply
mike - 2017-04-05
hi. im heartbroken that i lost my baby miles. an eastern gray squirrel. i miss him so much. i'm looking for a new eastern gray squirrel to lovev and protect. please let me know if you have an orphan i can raise. i promise to shower it with endless love.

Reply
MELVIN - 2017-04-04
In the Maine, NH, Mass. area. I am looking for a newborn male gray squirrel. Life without a gray tree rat in the house is horrible. I am willing to pay a fee for a baby. I have fed many newborns. Thank you.

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Amber Morley - 2017-03-20
I have had the pleasure of rescuing 2 different gray squirrels in the last 8 years. My husband and I love them they are full of personality and are wonderful pets. We have recently decided we would like to take one as a pet if we can find one that cant be rehabilitated. If you have any information on where we could find a grey squirrel that deserves a good loving home please email me. takeithamorley@gmail.com

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