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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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We have squirrels for sale and can arrange transportation for out of state homes! We have the following breeds, Grey Fox Flying and Red Squirrels. Our... (more)  Ben

   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


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Sciuridae
  • Genus: Sciurus
  • Species: carolinensis

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


Ben - 2021-11-18

We have squirrels for sale and can arrange transportation for out of state homes!
We have the following breeds,
Grey
Fox
Flying and
Red Squirrels.

Our baby squirrels come hand fed, extensively socialized, healthy and each will come with hand feeding supplies and a sample of food.

Email us via farmexotics5@gmail.com
Live us a message at +12147990661

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Diane - 2021-06-07
I have a very tame grey squirrel 'Waldo Louise', we have had her for over 4 years now. We are moving to Europe and the grey squirrel is banned there. This is like giving up a child for adoption. We have had her since she was a baby and she has the run of the house. She went to work with us when we owned a graphic company and was loved by the customers. She does not go outside. She plays with the cats. She is very tame and will sit for hours while you pet her. If you have to squirrel proof the house for chewing, and she has her own bedroom in our library (top shelf in a basket of my scarfs). We have to know she will be loved and taken care of. You can text me at 713-870-4472, and we will provide videos of how tame and charming she is. Diane gramcreel@gmail.com

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Calvin Perrin - 2021-06-01
I am looking to adopt a Grey kit I am located in lee county please email Cperringo@gmail.com

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Jerry Hukes - 2021-03-29
I have a male and female eastern gray squirrel for a new home. I prefer rehoming them together not as a pair. They are hand tamed and hand raised from birth. Email:jerryhukes@hotmail.com

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Jerry Hukes - 2021-03-29
I have a male and female eastern gray squirrel for a new home. I prefer rehoming them together not as a pair. They are hand tamed and hand raised from birth. Email:jerryhukes@hotmail.com

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Anonymous - 2021-03-01
My 7 month old gray squirrel dies from seizures recently...my birthday is almost here and I desperately need another to love and care for..I've got empty nest syndrome and I just miss my baby..email me at diamondprincess23_2003@yahoo.com

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Jerry Hukes - 2021-02-28
I have a male and female eastern gray squirrel for a new home. I prefer rehoming them together as a pair but getting just 1 is still okay but both would have been ideal. They are hand tamed and hand raised from birth

Text: +1(323)859-7851

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Ben - 2021-01-18
We have squirrels for sale and can arrange transportation for out of state homes!
We have the following breeds,Grey,Fox,Flying and Red Squirrels.
Our baby squirrels come hand fed, extensively socialized, healthy and each will come with hand feeding supplies and a sample of food.
Email us via takirsranch@gmail.com

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