eastern gray squirrel

(Sciurus carolinensis)

Conservation Status
eastern gray squirrel
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Eastern gray squirrel 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 (albino) squirrels are sometimes found in urban and suburban areas.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Head and body: 8 to 10

Tail: 7¾ to 10

 
     
 

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Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

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

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

12½ years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 13, 15, 24, 29.

 
  6/9/2016      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common and abundant

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Euarchontoglires  
  Clade Glires (rodents and rabbits)  
  Order Rodentiia (rodents)  
  Suborder Sciuromorpha (squirrels)  
 

Family

Sciuridae (chipmunks, marmots, squirrels)  
 

Subfamily

Sciurinae (tree squirrels, flying squirrels, and relatives)  
  Tribe Sciurini (typical squirrels)  
  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)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

eastern gray squirrel

 
       
       
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An albino squirrel from Woodbury, MN

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Curious Gray Squirrel. I encountered this curious character in the woods near a woodland pool and it stood up and looked at me as if to almost want to be photographed. So I did. Really enjoyed this Close Encounter of the Squirrel Kind.

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Hypomelanistic (Albino) Eastern Gray Squirrel

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  Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
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  Mammals of the World: Eastern Gray Squirrel
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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2012

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

All media is educational fair use.

   
       
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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2012

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

   
       
  The Squirrel - Eastern Gray Squirrel or Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
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Published on Jul 31, 2012

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!

   
       
  Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
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Published on Mar 23, 2013

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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Luciearl
12/1/2019

Location: Cass County

eastern gray squirrel


Alfredo Colon
8/2/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

An albino squirrel from Woodbury, MN

eastern gray squirrel


Alfredo Colon
6/6/2018

Location: Woodbury, MN

eastern gray squirrel


Dan W. Andree
2017

Curious Gray Squirrel. I encountered this curious character in the woods near a woodland pool and it stood up and looked at me as if to almost want to be photographed. So I did. Really enjoyed this Close Encounter of the Squirrel Kind.

eastern gray squirrel


Wayne Rasmussen
9/15/2015

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

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