Sunday, 30 December 2012

Eastern or Grey Squirrels

Scientific Name: Sciurus caroliniensis

A prolific and adaptable species, the eastern Gray squirrel was introduced to the UK by 19th century landowners. Where it has spread across the country and has largely displaced the native red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris. 

  • length - about 25cm plus a tail about 20cm
  • weight - 300-700g
  • colour - predominantly Gray fur, but it can have a reddish-brown colour. It has a white underside and a large bushy tail.

  • Gray squirrels eat a range of foods, such as tree bark, berries, many types of seeds and acorns, walnuts, and other nuts

  • 2 to 6 young per litter
  • generally 2 litters per year, December to February and May to June, though this is slightly delayed in more northern latitudes

  • active during day
  • natural shyness, although very tolerant when fed.

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