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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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Looking for a baby gray squirrel that can be shipped to Alaska please call 907-821-8211  Toni Scudero

   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


Toni Scudero - 2017-10-14
Looking for a baby gray squirrel that can be shipped to Alaska please call 907-821-8211

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Amy - 2017-10-12
My husband and I are looking for a baby (or 2) grey or black squirrel(s) to bring into our family. We have had a couple very small squirrels that we rescued however they did not survive due to injuries they endured before we got them. We absolutely love their personalities and would spoil them rotten. We have been looking everywhere for one! We are in Indiana but we are willing to travel to pick one up! amysellshomes12@gmail.com

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Frances Clift - 2017-09-28
I raised 3 baby squirrels, given to me. their eyes were not opened and I raised them to be big healthy squirrels. I feel like their mama. I let them go because they wanted to get out of the cage. I have regretted doing that and I miss them so much. I am looking for some babies to raise. I love them so much and their is a void in my heart since I let them go. Please help me someone find me some babies to love. a

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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!
Reply
Toni Scudero - 2017-10-14
Looking for a baby gray squirrel that can be shipped to Alaska please call 907-821-8211

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!
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?
  • Tracy Washington - 2017-09-24
    Im also looking for a baby Grey squirrel. Please email me asap
  • Season Bennett - 2017-09-25
    Anyone have any squirrels they are selling. I am looking to find one that I can spoil. I got my captive wildlife license and I am an animal rehabber. You can get a hold of me at 9208581995
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Season Bennett - 2017-09-25
Looking for a Squirrel to spoil and love unconditionally. I am a wildlife animal rehabber and got my captive wildlife license and got two wonderfully sweet pet raccoons that are way too spoiled. If you have any squirrels you can get a hold of my at 9208581995 or by email which is season.bennett2@gmail.com. Thank You!

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