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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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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... (more)  david

   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


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
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Etta - 2016-01-25
Have rescued and raised many animals during my life. I now have a full grown male that is almost 4 years old.I special-order nuts for him so that he has a good variety and he gets lots of veggies, wasp nests(loves the worms) in them,and fruit. He has been one of the best pets ever! I provide green pinecones, new shoots from some trees, grass roots, he loves baby spinach leaves.I have provided him deer antlers, animal bones, and a cuttle bone, and I offer him some fat-free half and half. One main thing that I figured out is that he recognizes us by our scent and bit us only when we used different perfumes or aftersave. It only took 2 bites each and of course he can be very protective of his foods. We have had so many laughs with him and the cat playing with each other as they sort of grew up together as tolerant of each other.

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LB - 2016-01-23
Looking to raise baby squirrel male or female red or grey. Located in SC. please email me .. Laceybrown151@gmail.com

Reply
Paul Hewson - 2015-04-30
Gray Squirrel babies for sale. 5 weeks old, about to open their eyes. $100

  • Mykah Johnson - 2015-04-30
    You have just what I have been looking for, just dying to have and until now haven't been able to find. What do I have to do to get with you to get one???!!!
  • Mykah Jayd - 2015-04-30
    Mykah Johnson 2237 Nomad Ave Dayton Ohio 45414 937-369-7696 I want and I have cash.
  • Jeff - 2015-05-05
    Do you have any baby squirrels available? If so, please let me know.
  • Nay - 2015-05-16
    I would like to buy one of your baby Eastern Gray squirrels - a male, if possible. I have had two previously that were rescues, and just love them. Please let me know asap. Thank you.
  • Victoria Umling - 2015-05-19
    Hi Paul! Where are you located? And do you have any baby squirrels for sale still? Thank you!
  • Pat Bostic - 2015-05-20
    Please email me.. I'm in WV.. Pbosticlpn@yahoo.com
  • Eduardo - 2015-05-23
    Hey Paul, I wanna one. I live in Florida, please leave an email eduglobo.ec@gmail.com
  • john - 2015-05-27
    I'm looking to buy please asap,336- 831-7145
  • travis barrette - 2015-05-29
    Hey do u still have any left? Where are you located?
  • Mindy hamby - 2015-05-30
    my name is Mindy hamby I live in north Carolina and I would really like to purchase one of your babies please. I had one named Woodstock that I rescued and hand raised. he passed away yesterday and I'm heartbroken. please contact me asap my number is 336-529-9977. thank u Mindy
  • Ami - 2015-09-20
    I sincerely hope those babies were rescued and not stolen away from their nest and mother in order to make a quick buck! The best thing you can do for them is care for them until they can be released and do a soft release for the ones that can be released and try to find loving forever homes for the ones that can't be. I wish people would think before trying to buy a wild animal as this will only encourage unscrupulous greedy people to orphan more baby wildlife and endanger the lives of those babies as well.
  • Waylon - 2015-09-25
    Do u still have any
  • Amy kara - 2015-10-22
    I am interested as well! Please contact me (803)-603-5480
  • Joe hug - 2015-10-12
    Hi Paul , my name is Joe and I was just wondering if you could contact me this spring at let me know if you have a baby female grey squirrel for sale, she would make a good addition to my " squirrel family " as I already have a single grey male
  • kasey jones - 2015-10-15
    I am interested in a baby squirrel,if so give me a call at 443 823 5961 thank you
  • Soks - 2015-11-17
    Hi, where are you at?
  • Marissa - 2015-11-21
    Hi! Do you have any available? Please let me know!
  • Melissa - 2016-01-19
    Please if you have any or will i am in need of one thanks.
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
Reply
LB - 2016-01-23
Looking to raise baby squirrel male or female red or grey. Located in SC. please email me .. Laceybrown151@gmail.com

Reply
Paul Hewson - 2015-04-30
Gray Squirrel babies for sale. 5 weeks old, about to open their eyes. $100

  • Mykah Johnson - 2015-04-30
    You have just what I have been looking for, just dying to have and until now haven't been able to find. What do I have to do to get with you to get one???!!!
  • Mykah Jayd - 2015-04-30
    Mykah Johnson 2237 Nomad Ave Dayton Ohio 45414 937-369-7696 I want and I have cash.
  • Jeff - 2015-05-05
    Do you have any baby squirrels available? If so, please let me know.
  • Nay - 2015-05-16
    I would like to buy one of your baby Eastern Gray squirrels - a male, if possible. I have had two previously that were rescues, and just love them. Please let me know asap. Thank you.
  • Victoria Umling - 2015-05-19
    Hi Paul! Where are you located? And do you have any baby squirrels for sale still? Thank you!
  • Pat Bostic - 2015-05-20
    Please email me.. I'm in WV.. Pbosticlpn@yahoo.com
  • Eduardo - 2015-05-23
    Hey Paul, I wanna one. I live in Florida, please leave an email eduglobo.ec@gmail.com
  • john - 2015-05-27
    I'm looking to buy please asap,336- 831-7145
  • travis barrette - 2015-05-29
    Hey do u still have any left? Where are you located?
  • Mindy hamby - 2015-05-30
    my name is Mindy hamby I live in north Carolina and I would really like to purchase one of your babies please. I had one named Woodstock that I rescued and hand raised. he passed away yesterday and I'm heartbroken. please contact me asap my number is 336-529-9977. thank u Mindy
  • Ami - 2015-09-20
    I sincerely hope those babies were rescued and not stolen away from their nest and mother in order to make a quick buck! The best thing you can do for them is care for them until they can be released and do a soft release for the ones that can be released and try to find loving forever homes for the ones that can't be. I wish people would think before trying to buy a wild animal as this will only encourage unscrupulous greedy people to orphan more baby wildlife and endanger the lives of those babies as well.
  • Waylon - 2015-09-25
    Do u still have any
  • Amy kara - 2015-10-22
    I am interested as well! Please contact me (803)-603-5480
  • Joe hug - 2015-10-12
    Hi Paul , my name is Joe and I was just wondering if you could contact me this spring at let me know if you have a baby female grey squirrel for sale, she would make a good addition to my " squirrel family " as I already have a single grey male
  • kasey jones - 2015-10-15
    I am interested in a baby squirrel,if so give me a call at 443 823 5961 thank you
  • Soks - 2015-11-17
    Hi, where are you at?
  • Marissa - 2015-11-21
    Hi! Do you have any available? Please let me know!
  • Melissa - 2016-01-19
    Please if you have any or will i am in need of one thanks.
Reply
Becca - 2016-01-11
Looking to purchase/adopt grey or red squirrel. I'm in California, please let me know if anyone has any or is anyone has a contact that they can give me. Email me at beccabehrens@gmail.com

Reply