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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 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.... (more)  Cassidy

   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


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.

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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.

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Cassidy - 2017-02-05
I am a vet tech and recently lost my pet squirrel. Would love another one. I have hand raised and syringe fed new borns before or an adult squirrel would also be loved. Please contact me if you are trying to home a grey squirrel. Thanks.

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Etta - 2016-01-25
Have rescued and raised many animals during my life. I now have a full grown male that is almost 4 years old.I special-order nuts for him so that he has a good variety and he gets lots of veggies, wasp nests(loves the worms) in them,and fruit. He has been one of the best pets ever! I provide green pinecones, new shoots from some trees, grass roots, he loves baby spinach leaves.I have provided him deer antlers, animal bones, and a cuttle bone, and I offer him some fat-free half and half. One main thing that I figured out is that he recognizes us by our scent and bit us only when we used different perfumes or aftersave. It only took 2 bites each and of course he can be very protective of his foods. We have had so many laughs with him and the cat playing with each other as they sort of grew up together as tolerant of each other.

  • Rick - 2017-02-03
    It's funny you said that about being bitten when you switch aftershave I have the same problem with my 4 year old female eastern gray !! (Squirt) she doesn't always bite me when I switch colognes but she is definetly offish with me for the first hour or so when I do !!
    I thought I was just imagining that, told my son about it and he just laughed and said I was nuts ! Lol .
    Can't wait to show him your post . Thanks for sharing that story,I now feel better !! Rick
  • Rick - 2017-02-03
    It's funny you said that about being bitten when you switch aftershave I have the same problem with my 4 year old female eastern gray !! (Squirt) she doesn't always bite me when I switch colognes but she is definetly offish with me for the first hour or so when I do !!
    I thought I was just imagining that, told my son about it and he just laughed and said I was nuts ! Lol .
    Can't wait to show him your post . Thanks for sharing that story,I now feel better !! Rick
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Cassidy - 2017-02-05
I am a vet tech and recently lost my pet squirrel. Would love another one. I have hand raised and syringe fed new borns before or an adult squirrel would also be loved. Please contact me if you are trying to home a grey squirrel. Thanks.

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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
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Squizz - 2017-01-09
Looking for a female Eastern Gray Squirrel. Please reply with info.

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

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