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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'm looking to buy a squirrel. Please contact me at 910-616-4303  Jessica Mazzell

   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


Jessica Mazzell - 2016-09-25
Hi. I'm looking to buy a squirrel. Please contact me at 910-616-4303

  • Hector - 2016-09-26
    I have two eastern grey squirrels for sale. Email me @ hecmillss@gmail.com or text me 727-819-4371
Reply
Hector - 2016-09-26
I have a pair of baby eastern gray squirrels for sale. A boy and girl. Will sell both for $150 plus shipping or one for $100 plus shipping. They are 6 weeks old and have been weaned off the bottle and are eating rodent blocks, peanuts, etc.

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
  • 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
Reply
Belinda Wendy Hopkins - 2016-03-15
Are you still wanting one? What state are you in?

  • Matt chaney - 2016-04-28
    Hey Belinda if you anyone or still have any baby Grey's available if like to look into getting a baby male. I've got a female grey and I'm looking for a partner for her. Contact me at civicdxtyper@yahoo.com. or call 9012371569. Also anyone else that may see this. I'll pay very well for a baby male grey squirrel. Thanks Matt.
  • Amy - 2016-07-31
    I have had earl which is my male squirrel for almost 3 yrs he fell out of a tree didn't even have his eyes open and me and my boys bottle fed him and now like I said he is 3 and needs a girlfriend if u can help please email me I live in Seminole texas
  • Robert M - 2016-08-06
    I have some grey squirrels their babies how many would you like
  • Matthew Grooms - 2016-08-09
    I am very interested in one. I just released a pair back into the wild that I raised from 2 weeks old. I miss them so much. So, I just want 1 this time that I can keep inside forever. Please let me know. 504-662-6328
  • Jose - 2016-09-14
    yes i want one I live in new york i on 8-29-16 i found a baby squirrel i didn't saw his nest or his mom so i took him in and was carrying for him until 9-12-16 when he passed away those two weeks i had him i fell in love with him and now there's a emptiness in my heart if u have a baby squirrel boy or girl pls email me at rivera7334@gmail.com or u could txt me at 347-277-0678
  • Jessica - 2016-09-16
    I am very interested in one, where are you located?
  • Amy Kormish - 2016-09-26
    I am looking for one! I'm located in East Tn
Reply
Jessica Mazzell - 2016-09-25
Hi. I'm looking to buy a squirrel. Please contact me at 910-616-4303

  • Hector - 2016-09-26
    I have two eastern grey squirrels for sale. Email me @ hecmillss@gmail.com or text me 727-819-4371
Reply
Hector - 2016-09-26
I have a pair of baby eastern gray squirrels for sale. A boy and girl. Will sell both for $150 plus shipping or one for $100 plus shipping. They are 6 weeks old and have been weaned off the bottle and are eating rodent blocks, peanuts, etc.

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
  • 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
Reply
Matthew chaney - 2016-09-17
Two male baby Grey's. They are brothers. Have had since 3 days old. Both are hand fed And played with daily. Now Chip and Dale are 8 weeks old. Text for more info. 9012371569

  • Jessica D Mazzell - 2016-09-25
    Hi. Where are you located? Do you still have the squirrels?
Reply