|Eastern Gray Squirrel
- Head and body 8-10 in.; tail 7 ¾
- 10 in.
- Weight 3/4 - 1 3/5 lb. (340-726 g)
- Grayish color, washed with tawny in summer
- Very bushy tail bordered with white-tipped
- Skull has 22 teeth
Hardwood forests with nut trees, river bottoms
Live primarily in the trees, and rarely ventures far from them. They feed
on a great variety of nuts, seeds, fungi, fruits and often the cambium
layer beneath the bark of trees. They store their nuts and acorns one
by one in small holes in the ground. Many are never recovered and some
will sprout to grow into new trees. They build their nests in holes in
trees or a leaf nest in branches usually 25 ft. or more from the ground.
Their home range is 2-7 acres.
A Field Guide to the Mammals Peterson Field Guide William H. Burt/Richard P.
Grossenheider 3rd Edition Houghton Mifflin Co. 1980