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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 - 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.
  • Shirley stallings - 2017-05-16
    I have a 1yr old male gray squirrel he is very friendly! I need to find him a home that can give him all love he needs! I have no time to care for him my life has gotten so busy! You can call me at 1717870 6336 if you can take care of him
  • Sarah - 2017-06-23
    952 465 6786
    If you still have them
    Sarah
    Sarahbootepro@gmail.com
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Shirley stallings - 2017-05-21
On may 21 2017 I rehomed my sweet squirrel and it is tearing out my heart but it was for his best interests because I live in pa and couldn't keep him because its illegal in pa to keep him as a pet I kept him for 1yr and 2 months and I saved him since he was a 3week old baby!!but cashew went to a good home with a man who is experienced & is qualified so I'm trying to be happy that cashew went to him!I pray God will be with cashew and keep him happy!squirrels can steal your heart!!

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Jennipher Collins - 2017-05-20
Where are you located Shirley?

  • Shirley stallings - 2017-05-21
    I'm so sorry but cashew left today around 3 he's driving 8miles away from me as I write this!it tears at my heart but it was for cashews best interest! The man that took him is qualified&he has knowledge of how to care for him!!so I'm sorry I pray you find what your looking for this is Shirley stallings
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Jacquelyn - 2016-12-04
Hi, we reciently lost our male Grey squirrel this last summer and have really been looking to find a new one. The house just doesn't feel the same without our little guy.if anyone knows anyone who would be able to help me out, please contact me. Thank you

  • Nikki - 2017-05-20
    So how many people were going to go and get this Shirley's squirrel??
  • Shirley stallings - 2017-05-21
    Im sad but happy today but its for cashews best interest! Cashew went with someone with the qualification and knowledge and experience in squirrels!! It tears at my heart but I know its the right thing!!my god protect and keep cashew safe and happy and well!! Thanks for Zach and his wife for taking cashew!!!
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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 - 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.
  • Shirley stallings - 2017-05-16
    I have a 1yr old male gray squirrel he is very friendly! I need to find him a home that can give him all love he needs! I have no time to care for him my life has gotten so busy! You can call me at 1717870 6336 if you can take care of him
  • Sarah - 2017-06-23
    952 465 6786
    If you still have them
    Sarah
    Sarahbootepro@gmail.com
Reply
Jacquelyn - 2016-12-04
Hi, we reciently lost our male Grey squirrel this last summer and have really been looking to find a new one. The house just doesn't feel the same without our little guy.if anyone knows anyone who would be able to help me out, please contact me. Thank you

  • Nikki - 2017-05-20
    So how many people were going to go and get this Shirley's squirrel??
  • Shirley stallings - 2017-05-21
    Im sad but happy today but its for cashews best interest! Cashew went with someone with the qualification and knowledge and experience in squirrels!! It tears at my heart but I know its the right thing!!my god protect and keep cashew safe and happy and well!! Thanks for Zach and his wife for taking cashew!!!
Reply
Daniel Dal Pozzo - 2017-01-08
Looking for a young squirrel. Email me with info & cost.

  • Shirley stallings - 2017-05-18
    I have a 1yr male squirrel for free he needs someone who can take the time he needs! I have been having to care for my 2yr grandson! And cashew needs time to play if you are the one for him call me 171786322
  • Jennipher Collins - 2017-05-20
    Where are you located?
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Jennipher Collins - 2017-05-20
I recently lost my sweet Rocky boy very unexpectedly and have been completely lost without him. Having to come home to evenings without our snuggle time is unbareable. I am dying to give another squirrel all the love I have. I'm in the Kansas City area. You can contact me at jenncollins@live.com.

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