eastern gray squirrel

(Sciurus carolinensis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

eastern gray squirrel

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N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common and abundant

Habitat

Mature deciduous or mixed forests with a dense understory, parks, yards.

Lifespan

12½ years

Size

Head and body: 8 to 10

Tail: 7¾ to 10


Identification

This is a medium-sized tree squirrel, 8 to 10 in length not including the tail. The underside and backs of the ears are white or pale gray. The guard hairs are tipped whitish. This is especially evident on the tail, which appears gray and white.

Black squirrel, the melanistic color phase of this species, can be found in southeastern Minnesota. White squirrels are sometimes found in urban and suburban areas.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 13, 15, 29.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Rodentia (rodents)

 

Suborder:

Sciuromorpha (squirrels)

 

Family:

Sciuridae (chipmunks, marmots, squirrels)

 

Subfamily:

Sciurinae (tree squirrels, flying squirrels, and relatives)

 

Tribe:

Sciurini

 

Subtribe:

Sciurina

 

Genus:

Sciurus (tree squirrels)

 

Subgenus:

Sciurus

 
Subordinate Taxa

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis hiemalis)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis matecumbei)

Everglade gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis extimus)

Louisiana gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis fuliginosus)

Minnesota gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis hypophaeus)

northern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis pennsylvanicus)

northern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis leucotis)

southern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis carolinensis)

Yucatan squirrel (Sciurus yucatanensis)

 
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eastern gray squirrel


       

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The Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is the 135th species in my Mammals of the World series.

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Sciurus carolinensis. Eastern gray squirrel shot with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V.

 
     
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Watch the Squirrel and learn how to recognize it's unique characteristics. This video captures the Squirrel foresting food and identifies the size, shape and distinctive markings of the Gray Squirrel. Squirrels can be found in the wild all around the world. Our Squirrel video is an ideal study guide for students, kids and children who want to learn more about wild animals. Watch the Grey Squirrel as it hides under the tree cover and eats nuts. The high definition quality allows a clear observation of the Squirrel's coat, color, habits and features. A child friendly learning tool and visual aid, perfect for schools and teachers to use in conjunction with other teaching methods. Watch and enjoy the Squirrel clip!

 
     
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A squirrel in early spring hunting around for some nuts. It was actually raining and sprinkling off and on. See photos here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/19343514

 
     

 

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