Day 232: Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrel ©Jackie BrooksSciurus carolinensis, common name eastern gray squirrel or grey squirrel depending on region, is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus. It is native to eastern North America, but has since been introduced to European regions. As the name suggests, the eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur, but it can have a brownish color. It has a usual white underside as compared to the typical brownish-orange underside of the fox squirrel. Like many members of the family Sciuridae, the eastern gray squirrel is a scatter-hoarder; it hoards food in numerous small caches for later recovery. Some caches are quite temporary, especially those made near the site of a sudden abundance of food which can be retrieved within hours or days for reburial in a more secure site. Others are more permanent and are not retrieved until months later. Each squirrel is estimated to make several thousand caches each season.” To read more click here

9 thoughts on “Day 232: Eastern Gray Squirrel

  1. These interesting, (tho sometimes annoying!) beautiful little creatures are in my back yard every time I go outside. Your pictures are always great, but that has to be the most adorable one yet!

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