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Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
An introduced species.

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What they look like They have a bushy gray-and-white tail. Their face is light brown. The body is covered with gray and brown fur.

Their hands are in the shape of a triangle which helps their claws grab things easier. The underside is white.

How big they are: They can grow as big as a small cat. They can weigh as much as a big bag of candy.

Where they live They live in forests and parks with tress. Their nests are built high up in trees - safe from predators. The outside of the nest is made of twigs and they use grass to make it soft and comfortable inside, just like your blankets and pillow make your bed comfortable.

What they eat: They like to eat nuts, acorns, and seeds.

Did you know?

  • It has largely replaced the Red Squirrel in the United Kingdom.
  • The eastern gray squirrel in Washington state is considered an introduced invasive species.

Eastern Gray Squirrel Tracks
Eastern Gray Squirrel Tracks
by J. Wernet, age 12

Eastern Gray Squirrel Silhouette

Eastern Gray Squirrel

(photo by Tim Knight)

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