Year of 2017

Eastern gray squirrel peeking out of its den

Winter solstice is here, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. While many animals hibernate through these cold, dark days, eastern gray squirrels are wide awake. During winter they forage for food and rely on the food they’ve stashed in hiding spots throughout their territory—a behavior called scatter-hoarding.

Sciurus 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, where it is the most prodigious and ecologically essential natural forest regenerator. The eastern grey squirrel in Europe is regarded as an invasive species.
Scientific name: Sciurus carolinensis
Gestation period: 44 days
Weight: 0.88 pound (0.40 kg) – 1.32 pound (0.60 kg)
Tail length: 7.48 inch (19 cm) – 9.84 inch (25 cm)
Body length: 9.06 inch (23 cm) – 11.81 inch (30 cm) (Head and body)
Biological classification: Species
Sciurus carolinensis range map
Habitat map of Eastern gray squirrel Sciurus carolinensis