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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 squirrel can be red or grey or fox squirrel  John stigall

   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


John stigall - 2014-11-28
Looking for a baby squirrel can be red or grey or fox squirrel

  • Belinda Wendy Hopkins - 2016-03-15
    What state are you in?
  • Tammy Danner - 2016-04-22
    Hello, we are looking to buy a female grey squirrel. We have a male that was rescued from a cat and he is now about 2 years old. He has been bottled fed and is too tame to release back into the wild. My Mom rescued him in Florida, but now lives in Colorado. We are looking for a companion for him. Please contact me and let us know if you will have one anytime this year available. Email address, sunflower78483@yahoo.com

    Thank you for your time, Tammy
  • amelina siekluska - 2016-05-20
    Looking to buy baby grey, pls contact me
    amelinarocknrollart@aol.com
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Rashad Mceady - 2016-05-16
Lookin for a squirrel

Reply
brianna moore-green - 2016-05-15
hello, i am residing in washington, i have fostered baby squirrels for Washington State Univeristy and would like to get another baby to raise and keep, i already have a cage from the last one, i would love a little female! email is brigreen17@hotmail.com or text me at 425-328-9495

Reply
Kevin Bell - 2016-05-14
Looking for a baby squirrel for family pet. Anyone know where or how to get one please email me. Thank you Kbell1085@yahoo.com

Reply
John stigall - 2014-11-28
Looking for a baby squirrel can be red or grey or fox squirrel

  • Belinda Wendy Hopkins - 2016-03-15
    What state are you in?
  • Tammy Danner - 2016-04-22
    Hello, we are looking to buy a female grey squirrel. We have a male that was rescued from a cat and he is now about 2 years old. He has been bottled fed and is too tame to release back into the wild. My Mom rescued him in Florida, but now lives in Colorado. We are looking for a companion for him. Please contact me and let us know if you will have one anytime this year available. Email address, sunflower78483@yahoo.com

    Thank you for your time, Tammy
  • amelina siekluska - 2016-05-20
    Looking to buy baby grey, pls contact me
    amelinarocknrollart@aol.com
Reply
Rashad Mceady - 2016-05-16
Lookin for a squirrel

Reply
brianna moore-green - 2016-05-15
hello, i am residing in washington, i have fostered baby squirrels for Washington State Univeristy and would like to get another baby to raise and keep, i already have a cage from the last one, i would love a little female! email is brigreen17@hotmail.com or text me at 425-328-9495

Reply
Kevin Bell - 2016-05-14
Looking for a baby squirrel for family pet. Anyone know where or how to get one please email me. Thank you Kbell1085@yahoo.com

Reply