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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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I have a male gray squirrel that is just becoming mature and would like to find him a mate. He has been hand raised by me and is very loving to me but not so much... (more)  mark

   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


mark - 2015-08-24
I have a male gray squirrel that is just becoming mature and would like to find him a mate. He has been hand raised by me and is very loving to me but not so much to others.

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Robin - 2015-05-08
I want to purchase one please. Phone 513-487-0712. Please call or text or email

  • Brett. - 2015-05-31
    Hello. My name is BRETT and I just saved six baby squirrels that were still young enough they couldn't get outta the small divot they were nesting in. I need to sell them as soon as possible. 2067193103.
  • melanie - 2015-07-24
    Would love to buy one. 561-735-4878
  • Chandler - 2015-08-06
    I would love to purchase one of your squirrels! Please contact me so we can discuss further 775-750-9356
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Jeannine - 2015-07-09
Would love to purchase a baby grey squirrel, please call at 706/330-4039. Thank you, my name is Jeannine.

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Jeff - 2015-05-05
I'm looking to buy a baby Fox Squirrel or Grey Squirrel. If you have one available, please let me know by email. Thanks

  • Mitsy - 2015-05-25
    Dear Jeff - I have (2) baby grey squirrels ready to go now. They are $400 each. Are you still interested?
  • Bilwy - 2015-06-04
    i have one
  • Alexandra - 2015-06-16
    Are they still available? Where are you located?
Reply
mark - 2015-08-24
I have a male gray squirrel that is just becoming mature and would like to find him a mate. He has been hand raised by me and is very loving to me but not so much to others.

Reply
Robin - 2015-05-08
I want to purchase one please. Phone 513-487-0712. Please call or text or email

  • Brett. - 2015-05-31
    Hello. My name is BRETT and I just saved six baby squirrels that were still young enough they couldn't get outta the small divot they were nesting in. I need to sell them as soon as possible. 2067193103.
  • melanie - 2015-07-24
    Would love to buy one. 561-735-4878
  • Chandler - 2015-08-06
    I would love to purchase one of your squirrels! Please contact me so we can discuss further 775-750-9356
Reply
Jeannine - 2015-07-09
Would love to purchase a baby grey squirrel, please call at 706/330-4039. Thank you, my name is Jeannine.

Reply
Jeff - 2015-05-05
I'm looking to buy a baby Fox Squirrel or Grey Squirrel. If you have one available, please let me know by email. Thanks

  • Mitsy - 2015-05-25
    Dear Jeff - I have (2) baby grey squirrels ready to go now. They are $400 each. Are you still interested?
  • Bilwy - 2015-06-04
    i have one
  • Alexandra - 2015-06-16
    Are they still available? Where are you located?
Reply