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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 been looking for a pet squirrel for a while now. I have always loved squirrels ad it would mean the world to me if I found a take squirrel, I don't care what... (more)  Ambri

   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


Ambri - 2017-07-31
I have been looking for a pet squirrel for a while now. I have always loved squirrels ad it would mean the world to me if I found a take squirrel, I don't care what breed, in my area for sale.( I live in Sugar City Idaho.)

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Lisa - 2017-07-15
I am looking for a squirrel. I have been in search for a squirrel for a long time and I haven't had any luck. The baby will be treated like an angel. I have rescued and raised some in the past and I just fell in love with them! I am located in Texas. Thanks in advance :)

  • Tammy Watkins - 2017-07-30
    IM in search as well, I just lost my sweet Sully... he was the very best pet I've ever owned. So hard to find. If I find more than 1 I'll let you know.... I miss my little friend so very much, truly the very best pet... mine slept under my pillow.
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heather - 2017-07-08
hello i have a 10 week old squirrel i just got a bigger cage for her i just need some advice i bought her a bunch of toys cause i read they love toys well she hardly plays with them she is more interested in what im doing and when she is out of her cage for play time all she wants to do is climb on me any suggestions??

  • Shirley stallings - 2017-07-27
    Hi I raised a baby squirrel that was 3weeks old and had him until he was 1yr and 4months old! He was very cling to me every time he got out of his cage we would play on the floor together! We would some time go go exploring around the house by his self and all I would have to do is call his name and he would jump on me! So what I'm telling you is that a squirrel for you they are just like that!! They are very loveable and sweet! When I rehomed my cashew it tore out my heart he didn't want to leave me!! Where I live it is legal for to keep him&if I got caught with him he would have been put to sleep! So a man came and got him to rehome him now cashew lives in Ohio now with him! So just love your furbaby and let it love you!! God bless you!!
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Emy Garza - 2017-07-15
I am searching for a squirrel. I have raised some in the past and they recently passed away ;( I am little located in Texas. :)

  • Emy - 2017-07-15
    **I am located in Texas
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Ambri - 2017-07-31
I have been looking for a pet squirrel for a while now. I have always loved squirrels ad it would mean the world to me if I found a take squirrel, I don't care what breed, in my area for sale.( I live in Sugar City Idaho.)

Reply
Lisa - 2017-07-15
I am looking for a squirrel. I have been in search for a squirrel for a long time and I haven't had any luck. The baby will be treated like an angel. I have rescued and raised some in the past and I just fell in love with them! I am located in Texas. Thanks in advance :)

  • Tammy Watkins - 2017-07-30
    IM in search as well, I just lost my sweet Sully... he was the very best pet I've ever owned. So hard to find. If I find more than 1 I'll let you know.... I miss my little friend so very much, truly the very best pet... mine slept under my pillow.
Reply
Emy Garza - 2017-07-15
I am searching for a squirrel. I have raised some in the past and they recently passed away ;( I am little located in Texas. :)

  • Emy - 2017-07-15
    **I am located in Texas
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Kelly Hull - 2017-07-15
I live in Milton Florida and I am wanting a baby grey squirrel to raise as my own, I had one years ago that I raised from a couple weeks old and she passed away awhile back, and I'm ready for another baby, I miss fluffers, she was part of the family, if any one knows of someone that needs or wants to rehome one please text me at 8502088106 it will be very well taken care of, thank you

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