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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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Hi! I am Chloe and am looking for a squirrel. A grey one. And I would love to buy yours and would treat it well. Thanks!  Chloe Whitesell

   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


Chloe Whitesell - 2017-12-13
Hi! I am Chloe and am looking for a squirrel. A grey one. And I would love to buy yours and would treat it well. Thanks!

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Dave Scardina - 2017-12-02
Hi David. I am in Va and would love another squirrel. I found a baby in August 2016 that was about 4 weeks old. I bottle fed him and raised him to love me and my family. In January 2017, when I went to wake him up in the morning, he had a bloody nose and had passed away. His name was Max, and I would love another. Please call 703-928-9900 or email dave@scardina.org.

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david - 2015-10-20
Available 6 week old male grey, $200 still being bottle fed so perfect time for bonding. Last one until next year, please know how to care for him before contacting us, he will not go to just any home. Thank you location eastern VA shipping unavailable, will be in Orlando area Nov 5, 6, 7th

  • tricia sauget - 2015-10-26
    hi I've been looking for a grey for years do you ship because i live in the st. louis mo and i have a son who has been looking for one around the neighborhood for about 4 years so i think this would be good for him we will take any male or female thank you hope to hear from you soon
  • Cameronbrumfield@hotmail.com - 2015-10-26
    I live in Florida and would be willing to make you more to hold a male for me until you come down.
  • david - 2015-10-26
    Just curious how anyone of you interested folks plan to pick up a baby because they will not be shipped, they eat every 4 hrs and cannot maintain their own body temperature well yet, so no shipping available sorry. Beside Being close to South east VA or Orlando Fl
  • Jarrod - 2015-10-20
    I am interested and live near Orlando. Please let me know what I need to do.
  • Jarrod - 2015-10-20
    Sorry... Phone is 7277410852
  • tricia - 2015-10-26
    hi we are looking for either a male or female if any are available hope to hear from you soon thank you
  • Joe - 2015-10-28
    Hi David , I already have a male grey squirrel and would like to purchase a female grey squirrel
  • Michael. Grant - 2015-10-25
    David,been raising wild animals for 30 years. Have some really good pictures. Please respond either way. Thanks. Mike
    5028022283.
  • david - 2015-10-26
    Well good news is the first adopter who wanted a pair fell thru so all 3 babies are still available at this time
  • david - 2015-10-26
    The adopter for a pair that was lined up has fallen thru so all 3 babies are available! Hand raised parents on premises and both extremely friendly, so babies should take after parents, always been around humans, have never met another squirrel or wildlife!
  • Cameronbrumfield@hotmail.com - 2015-10-26
    Hello, my wife's squirrel just past away after 8 years:( I'm trying to find her a baby and was wondering if you had a male left. 985 788 4995
  • Carmen Kopas - 2015-10-29
    Dear David,

    My husband and I recently rescued a baby squirrel about 4-5 weeks old. Raised it to 11 weeks old but it got ill & scared us so we had to take to a rehabilitation rescue and they wont give him back because of their license. We enjoyed him so much and loved him like a part of family. I live in Maryland and would be willing to come to Va. to purchase him and give him a loving home. Would you be interested to talk with us? my email is carmen14399@msn.com cell 240-876-3808
  • Carmen Kopas - 2015-10-29
    David - My husband and I recently found a baby grey squirrel and raised it from 4-5 weeks old to 11-12 weeks old. He was a part of our family. He became ill and we were uncertain what to do so we had to take him to a rescue so he would be cared for. They will not give him back due to their license. Would you please consider us for the little guy as a loving home for him. 2nd time I have replied -wasnt sure if 1st time went thru or not.
  • Dani - 2015-11-05
    HI I riced the squirrel before and I would like to have that one so please contact me at 786 380 6439 .thanks
  • Christina - 2016-01-06
    If available..please email me. My pet Squirrel Nugget passed 2 years ago and Im still heart broken. Luvstina@gmail.com Youtube: my pet squirrel nugget
  • jodie - 2016-01-16
    Looking for male baby 4weeks prior to eyes opening for bonding. My angel 9 yrs just ppassed away
  • Melissa - 2016-01-19
    Please message me if you have any available or will have any. Thanks so much
  • Melanie - 2016-02-02
    Pbosticlpn@yahoo.com
  • Niki b - 2016-07-11
    I would love to have all of them if that is possible but definitely one. 8563002819
    I have experience raising and caring for squirrels have done hours of research to make sure we give them everything they need. I hope to hear from you
  • Amy Kormish - 2016-09-26
    Hello can you please contact me about a Lil one! I'm located in East Tn. Will totally come to you 8652032128
  • Amy Kormish - 2016-09-26
    Hello can you please contact me about a Lil one! I'm located in East Tn. Will totally come to you 8652032128
  • Nikki - 2016-10-06
    David are any of the babies still available? 612-759-3282
  • Rhyan Bailey - 2016-11-07
    Hi David! I am ready to adopt immediately if this baby is still available. We have experience with Greys.
    Thank you!
  • Wendy - 2017-09-13
    I was wondering if you had any baby gray squirrels for sale?
  • Mary-Ellan - 2017-09-22
    David, was wondering if you had or would have any baby grays available in the near future. It’s probably a long shot considering this post is 2 years old. I’m located on the eastern shore of MD and desperately looking.
  • KATIE DICKSON - 2017-09-26
    Please let me know if you have any Greys available. My squirrel just passed away yesterday. Contact me at 843-834-7893. Thank you in advance!
  • Dave Scardina - 2017-12-02
    Hi David. I am in Va and would love another squirrel. I found a baby in August 2016 that was about 4 weeks old. I bottle fed him and raised him to love me and my family. In January 2017, when I went to wake him up in the morning, he had a bloody nose and had passed away.

    His name was Max, and I would love another. Please call 703-928-9900 or email dave@scardina.org.
Reply
Mike Halvorson - 2017-10-28
My wife and I just moved and decided it was best to leave our little Douglas squirrel in the forest as he knew it so well. We are very sad and miss him so much. Is there possibly someone out there that has a baby squirrel that we could adopt? If you do can you please email us at mikecarrie09@live.com ? Thanks so much.

Reply
Dave Scardina - 2017-12-02
Hi David. I am in Va and would love another squirrel. I found a baby in August 2016 that was about 4 weeks old. I bottle fed him and raised him to love me and my family. In January 2017, when I went to wake him up in the morning, he had a bloody nose and had passed away. His name was Max, and I would love another. Please call 703-928-9900 or email dave@scardina.org.

Reply
david - 2015-10-20
Available 6 week old male grey, $200 still being bottle fed so perfect time for bonding. Last one until next year, please know how to care for him before contacting us, he will not go to just any home. Thank you location eastern VA shipping unavailable, will be in Orlando area Nov 5, 6, 7th

  • tricia sauget - 2015-10-26
    hi I've been looking for a grey for years do you ship because i live in the st. louis mo and i have a son who has been looking for one around the neighborhood for about 4 years so i think this would be good for him we will take any male or female thank you hope to hear from you soon
  • Cameronbrumfield@hotmail.com - 2015-10-26
    I live in Florida and would be willing to make you more to hold a male for me until you come down.
  • david - 2015-10-26
    Just curious how anyone of you interested folks plan to pick up a baby because they will not be shipped, they eat every 4 hrs and cannot maintain their own body temperature well yet, so no shipping available sorry. Beside Being close to South east VA or Orlando Fl
  • Jarrod - 2015-10-20
    I am interested and live near Orlando. Please let me know what I need to do.
  • Jarrod - 2015-10-20
    Sorry... Phone is 7277410852
  • tricia - 2015-10-26
    hi we are looking for either a male or female if any are available hope to hear from you soon thank you
  • Joe - 2015-10-28
    Hi David , I already have a male grey squirrel and would like to purchase a female grey squirrel
  • Michael. Grant - 2015-10-25
    David,been raising wild animals for 30 years. Have some really good pictures. Please respond either way. Thanks. Mike
    5028022283.
  • david - 2015-10-26
    Well good news is the first adopter who wanted a pair fell thru so all 3 babies are still available at this time
  • david - 2015-10-26
    The adopter for a pair that was lined up has fallen thru so all 3 babies are available! Hand raised parents on premises and both extremely friendly, so babies should take after parents, always been around humans, have never met another squirrel or wildlife!
  • Cameronbrumfield@hotmail.com - 2015-10-26
    Hello, my wife's squirrel just past away after 8 years:( I'm trying to find her a baby and was wondering if you had a male left. 985 788 4995
  • Carmen Kopas - 2015-10-29
    Dear David,

    My husband and I recently rescued a baby squirrel about 4-5 weeks old. Raised it to 11 weeks old but it got ill & scared us so we had to take to a rehabilitation rescue and they wont give him back because of their license. We enjoyed him so much and loved him like a part of family. I live in Maryland and would be willing to come to Va. to purchase him and give him a loving home. Would you be interested to talk with us? my email is carmen14399@msn.com cell 240-876-3808
  • Carmen Kopas - 2015-10-29
    David - My husband and I recently found a baby grey squirrel and raised it from 4-5 weeks old to 11-12 weeks old. He was a part of our family. He became ill and we were uncertain what to do so we had to take him to a rescue so he would be cared for. They will not give him back due to their license. Would you please consider us for the little guy as a loving home for him. 2nd time I have replied -wasnt sure if 1st time went thru or not.
  • Dani - 2015-11-05
    HI I riced the squirrel before and I would like to have that one so please contact me at 786 380 6439 .thanks
  • Christina - 2016-01-06
    If available..please email me. My pet Squirrel Nugget passed 2 years ago and Im still heart broken. Luvstina@gmail.com Youtube: my pet squirrel nugget
  • jodie - 2016-01-16
    Looking for male baby 4weeks prior to eyes opening for bonding. My angel 9 yrs just ppassed away
  • Melissa - 2016-01-19
    Please message me if you have any available or will have any. Thanks so much
  • Melanie - 2016-02-02
    Pbosticlpn@yahoo.com
  • Niki b - 2016-07-11
    I would love to have all of them if that is possible but definitely one. 8563002819
    I have experience raising and caring for squirrels have done hours of research to make sure we give them everything they need. I hope to hear from you
  • Amy Kormish - 2016-09-26
    Hello can you please contact me about a Lil one! I'm located in East Tn. Will totally come to you 8652032128
  • Amy Kormish - 2016-09-26
    Hello can you please contact me about a Lil one! I'm located in East Tn. Will totally come to you 8652032128
  • Nikki - 2016-10-06
    David are any of the babies still available? 612-759-3282
  • Rhyan Bailey - 2016-11-07
    Hi David! I am ready to adopt immediately if this baby is still available. We have experience with Greys.
    Thank you!
  • Wendy - 2017-09-13
    I was wondering if you had any baby gray squirrels for sale?
  • Mary-Ellan - 2017-09-22
    David, was wondering if you had or would have any baby grays available in the near future. It’s probably a long shot considering this post is 2 years old. I’m located on the eastern shore of MD and desperately looking.
  • KATIE DICKSON - 2017-09-26
    Please let me know if you have any Greys available. My squirrel just passed away yesterday. Contact me at 843-834-7893. Thank you in advance!
  • Dave Scardina - 2017-12-02
    Hi David. I am in Va and would love another squirrel. I found a baby in August 2016 that was about 4 weeks old. I bottle fed him and raised him to love me and my family. In January 2017, when I went to wake him up in the morning, he had a bloody nose and had passed away.

    His name was Max, and I would love another. Please call 703-928-9900 or email dave@scardina.org.
Reply
Mike Halvorson - 2017-10-28
My wife and I just moved and decided it was best to leave our little Douglas squirrel in the forest as he knew it so well. We are very sad and miss him so much. Is there possibly someone out there that has a baby squirrel that we could adopt? If you do can you please email us at mikecarrie09@live.com ? Thanks so much.

Reply
Yaz - 2017-10-18
Hello in aug I rescued 3 baby grey eastern squirrels from the streets 2 pass away from MBD and the other recently pass away from running around the house and crashing into a cabinet causing massive nose bleed and hard from breathing. I have experience taking care of baby squirrels at age 3weeks old. Me and the squirrels bonded and not having one here with me sucks especially saving their lives before the tropical storm that hit us. Please if you have any baby squirrels available let me know. I’m located in nyc.

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