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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 baby gray squirrel not sure if boy or girl it has its hair already . I have a dachshund so I can't keep it :( I'm in Georgia and I can't keep as pet cause... (more)  Diane

   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


Diane - 2016-09-30
I have a baby gray squirrel not sure if boy or girl it has its hair already . I have a dachshund so I can't keep it :( I'm in Georgia and I can't keep as pet cause it's against the law. So with that said... anybody that is interested in rehabilitating this orphan squirrel and can Pick up must bring $100 inconvenience fee as it is illegal to sell wild animals.7623232593 Diane

  • Lotus - 2016-10-02
    Hello where about are you located i live in florida where its not illegal to own squirrels. you said rehabilitate could you tell me a little about him/her did she fall out of the nest.
  • Nikki - 2016-10-06
    Is he still available? Nikki 612-759-3282
  • Brandy Dominy - 2017-01-15
    I know it's a long shot but I wanted to check and see if you still have the squirrel
Reply
Squizz - 2017-01-09
Looking for a female Eastern Gray Squirrel. Please reply with info.

Reply
Daniel Dal Pozzo - 2017-01-08
Looking for a young squirrel. Email me with info & cost.

Reply
Hector - 2016-09-26
I have a pair of baby eastern gray squirrels for sale. A boy and girl. Will sell both for $150 plus shipping or one for $100 plus shipping. They are 6 weeks old and have been weaned off the bottle and are eating rodent blocks, peanuts, etc.

  • Holly Hedlund - 2016-09-30
    Hi Hector - Where do you live? We'd love at least one gray squirrel and it sounds like you've got two beauties! Are they still available? We live in Lincoln MA - on 2 acres adjacent to conservation land. We're rescuers of all types of animals and have rescued and rehabilitated 2 squirrels in the past only to wish we would have kept one :(. Our zip code is 01773. I can be reached at 773.255.6104. Very very interested!!! Best - Holly
  • heather - 2016-09-30
    Hello i have tried to contact you several times about trying to buy one or both of your squirrels. i would really love to have them and they would have a great home. please get back in touch with me please and let me know if you still have them or if i can get one. My home number is 912 839 4843. you can call anytime
  • Kelly Maglio - 2016-10-20
    Wondering if your squirrels are still available?
  • KELLEY KEE - 2016-10-10
    Hello hectar very interested in one of your babies. If still available please contact me. Would love to find out more. Thank you
  • Mackenzie - 2016-10-23
    Please i was wodring if i could buy them my squirrel just died and he was my best friend and i really want another one please
  • Matt - 2016-11-19
    Do you still have any squirrels available
  • Jordy herndon - 2016-12-17
    Hi my name is Jordy Herndon. I am very interested in giving a loving home to both of your babies I have a big heart and my boyfriend and I would certainly enjoy some new additions to our family! Our animals are our kids.
Reply
Diane - 2016-09-30
I have a baby gray squirrel not sure if boy or girl it has its hair already . I have a dachshund so I can't keep it :( I'm in Georgia and I can't keep as pet cause it's against the law. So with that said... anybody that is interested in rehabilitating this orphan squirrel and can Pick up must bring $100 inconvenience fee as it is illegal to sell wild animals.7623232593 Diane

  • Lotus - 2016-10-02
    Hello where about are you located i live in florida where its not illegal to own squirrels. you said rehabilitate could you tell me a little about him/her did she fall out of the nest.
  • Nikki - 2016-10-06
    Is he still available? Nikki 612-759-3282
  • Brandy Dominy - 2017-01-15
    I know it's a long shot but I wanted to check and see if you still have the squirrel
Reply
Squizz - 2017-01-09
Looking for a female Eastern Gray Squirrel. Please reply with info.

Reply
Daniel Dal Pozzo - 2017-01-08
Looking for a young squirrel. Email me with info & cost.

Reply
Hector - 2016-09-26
I have a pair of baby eastern gray squirrels for sale. A boy and girl. Will sell both for $150 plus shipping or one for $100 plus shipping. They are 6 weeks old and have been weaned off the bottle and are eating rodent blocks, peanuts, etc.

  • Holly Hedlund - 2016-09-30
    Hi Hector - Where do you live? We'd love at least one gray squirrel and it sounds like you've got two beauties! Are they still available? We live in Lincoln MA - on 2 acres adjacent to conservation land. We're rescuers of all types of animals and have rescued and rehabilitated 2 squirrels in the past only to wish we would have kept one :(. Our zip code is 01773. I can be reached at 773.255.6104. Very very interested!!! Best - Holly
  • heather - 2016-09-30
    Hello i have tried to contact you several times about trying to buy one or both of your squirrels. i would really love to have them and they would have a great home. please get back in touch with me please and let me know if you still have them or if i can get one. My home number is 912 839 4843. you can call anytime
  • Kelly Maglio - 2016-10-20
    Wondering if your squirrels are still available?
  • KELLEY KEE - 2016-10-10
    Hello hectar very interested in one of your babies. If still available please contact me. Would love to find out more. Thank you
  • Mackenzie - 2016-10-23
    Please i was wodring if i could buy them my squirrel just died and he was my best friend and i really want another one please
  • Matt - 2016-11-19
    Do you still have any squirrels available
  • Jordy herndon - 2016-12-17
    Hi my name is Jordy Herndon. I am very interested in giving a loving home to both of your babies I have a big heart and my boyfriend and I would certainly enjoy some new additions to our family! Our animals are our kids.
Reply