Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Gray Squirrel 

Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis

Description: Gray squirrels are medium sized squirrels. They range in length from 14 to 20 inches and usually weigh about a pound when fully grown.  Squirrels have been known to live as long as 12 years in the wild. During the winter, gray squirrels often turn black. People think that black squirrels and gray squirrels are different animals, but in reality, they are the same thing.  Black squirrels are really gray squirrels in a black phase.


Habitat: Squirrels prefer to live in large mature forests, but will live just about anywhere. They favor living in areas where there are a lot of trees that produce nuts and acorns to feed on during the winter. They like to make their nests inside of hollowed out trees.

Food: They like to feed on all sorts of nuts, acorns, berries, and flowers. They also eat fungus, insects or whatever is lying around.

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