Forest Animals

Gray Squirrel
Gray Squirrel
Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Seeds, nuts
Order: Rodentia: Rodents 
Size: body:23 - 30 cm (9 - 11 3/4 in), tail: 21 - 23 cm (8 1/4 - 9 in)
Family: Sciuridae: Squirrels Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis Habitat: hardwood forest
Range: S.E. Canada, E. U.S.A.; introduced in Britain and South Africa 

Size of Gray SquirrelThe gray squirrel's natural home is the oak, hickory and walnut forests of eastern North America, where its numbers are controlled by owls, foxes and bobcats. It feeds on seeds and nuts -- an adult squirrel takes about 80 g (2 3/4 oz) of shelled nuts each day -- and on eggs, young birds and insects.  Occasionally gray squirrels strip the bark from young trees to gain access to the nutritious sap beneath. Two litters are produced each year, in early spring and summer. There are up to 7 young in a litter, but usually only 3 or 4 survive. Males are excluded from the nest and take no part in rearing the young. In the south of England, the introduced gray squirrel is ousting the native red squirrel.

Range of Gray Squirrel
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