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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 had the pleasure of rescuing 2 different gray squirrels in the last 8 years. My husband and I love them they are full of personality and are wonderful pets.... (more)  Amber Morley

   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


Amber Morley - 2017-03-20
I have had the pleasure of rescuing 2 different gray squirrels in the last 8 years. My husband and I love them they are full of personality and are wonderful pets. We have recently decided we would like to take one as a pet if we can find one that cant be rehabilitated. If you have any information on where we could find a grey squirrel that deserves a good loving home please email me. takeithamorley@gmail.com

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Karen - 2017-03-16
Looking to adopt a grey or fox squirrel. Can be a baby or
One that cannot be released to the wild.
I am experienced with wildlife as I have been a volunteer
For wildlife center.
Please email with your location of the squirrel
Thank you

Reply
Karen - 2017-03-16
I live in florida and am Looking to buy or adopt a grey or fox squirrel.
I volunteer at a wildlife center and have experience with
Keeping as a pet. I can perhaps pick up or pay for shipping.
Can be a young squirrel or a ü releasable squirrel.
Thank you

Reply
Cassidy - 2017-02-05
I am a vet tech and recently lost my pet squirrel. I am looking to adopt a new grey squirrel. I have hand raised new borns before or an adult would also be loved. Please contact me if you are homing a grey squirrel. Thanks.

Reply
Amber Morley - 2017-03-20
I have had the pleasure of rescuing 2 different gray squirrels in the last 8 years. My husband and I love them they are full of personality and are wonderful pets. We have recently decided we would like to take one as a pet if we can find one that cant be rehabilitated. If you have any information on where we could find a grey squirrel that deserves a good loving home please email me. takeithamorley@gmail.com

Reply
Karen - 2017-03-16
Looking to adopt a grey or fox squirrel. Can be a baby or
One that cannot be released to the wild.
I am experienced with wildlife as I have been a volunteer
For wildlife center.
Please email with your location of the squirrel
Thank you

Reply
Karen - 2017-03-16
I live in florida and am Looking to buy or adopt a grey or fox squirrel.
I volunteer at a wildlife center and have experience with
Keeping as a pet. I can perhaps pick up or pay for shipping.
Can be a young squirrel or a ü releasable squirrel.
Thank you

Reply
Cassidy - 2017-02-05
I am a vet tech and recently lost my pet squirrel. I am looking to adopt a new grey squirrel. I have hand raised new borns before or an adult would also be loved. Please contact me if you are homing a grey squirrel. Thanks.

Reply