Day 135: Eastern Gray Squirrel

“The adaptable, omnivorous, diurnal Eastern Gray Squirrel is the native American mammal people most frequently see east of the Mississippi River. It prefers to den inside trees, but will construct large nests of leaves in the canopy if tree cavities are not available. An average of two to three blind, hairless young make up a litter. Litters are produced once or twice a year, in February and March and again in July through September. The young are weaned at eight or nine weeks, when their previously protective mother abandons them. In September, yearlings and some adults strike out to establish their own home ranges in a process called the “fall reshuffle.” To Read More About Eastern Grey SquirrelsΒ Click Here

25 thoughts on “Day 135: Eastern Gray Squirrel

  1. Such an adorable little cutie Jackie and what a great shot! We have squirrels here as well but they are very shy. Maybe one day I will be lucky enough to get a decent shot of one of them. In the meantime I will enjoy the virtual travelling to your part of the world and look at them. Great info as well. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€ β™₯

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    • Thank you for your kind words! I hope one day you will be able to capture one of the squirrels with your camera. If you do I’ll bet it will be fabulous. In the meantime, your insect photos are phenomenal. I enjoy your posts about them very much. πŸ™‚ xo

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      • You’re very welcome and I hope so too, but it will never be as amazing as your gorgeous shots. πŸ˜€

        Thanks for the lovely compliment and I am glad you do. β™₯

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  2. We have possums but not squirrels. They can be cute too and are amazing breeder. . Our dog is wise to them and keeps them away from eating our garden. It doesn’t deter the possums though. Still, there is a well maintained balance and both seem to know their limits.

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    • I can see quite a few of them scurrying up the trees here when I go walking. I’m seeing a lot more than usual this time of year due to the warmer weather we’ve been having.

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      • We feed them when it’s cold and sometimes there will be 6 or 8 out there. And then there are fights and chases and it looks like the ground is gray and moving. I love them being here.

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            • I don’t think anyone is glad to see skunks! Possums have a nasty disposition so they are best to be avoided as far as I’m concerned. My daughter’s dogs never seem to learn their lesson with the skunks in their area. They have been sprayed at least 4 times in the last couple of years! I really feel for them when it happens.

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