Types of Squirrels

Types of Squirrels

 

Eastern Gray Squirrel, Eastern Grey Squirrel

 

(1) Where to find Eastern Gray Squirrels?

Eastern Gray Squirrel is one of the species of the Tree Squirrel. They are also known as Pine Squirrels or Chickarees, Mount Graham red squirrel, North Eastern Gray squirrel.
They are mostly found in Eastern and Mid Western United States and South-east canada.

 

(2) Eastern Gray Squirrels Facts

Length: 23 – 30 cms. Their Tail length is 19-25 cm.
Weight: 400-600 gm
They are not dimorphic by gender, as males and females are of the same size.
The long tail of the Squirrel helps the squirrel to balance and steer when jumping from one tree to the other and running along branches and may keep the animal warm during sleep.
Color: Changes with time of year and location in the shade of color Gray.
Fur Coat: As the name suggests, the eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur.
Red color Squirrel are also found in Great Britain.  they sheds their coat twice a year, changing from thinner summer coat to thicker winter coat.
Nest:Nests are made up of grass in the branches of spruce trees Or cavities in the trunks of poplar, spruce and walnut trees. Each individual squirrel builds and has available several nests within its territory and females with young offspring move between different nesting sites.

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(3) Eastern Gray Fox Squirrel

The Scientific name of the Eastern Gray Fox Squirrel is Sugar Niger. They are actually a type of Gray Squirrel.

 

(4) Eastern Gray Squirrel Habitat

Eastern Gray Squirrels’ habitat include large areas, around 40 hectares of land. This is because the forests contains large amount of vegetation that provides them food and shelters. Eastern gray squirrels also construct their nests in large tree branches and in the hollow trunks of trees. They have been known to take shelter within abandoned bird nests. Eastern gray squirrels are found in parks and back yards of houses within urban environments and in the farmlands of rural environments, close to human settlements.

 

(5) What do the Eastern Gray Squirrel Eat? Diet?

Eastern gray squirrels eat a variety of food such as tree bark, berries, many types of seeds and acorns, walnuts, and other nuts, and some types of fungi found in the forests, including fly agaric mushrooms.

Eastern gray squirrels have a high tolerance for humans to inhibit residential neighbourhoods and will raid bird feeders for millet, corn, and sunflower seeds. On very rare occasions, when their usual food sources are scarce, eastern gray squirrels will also prey upon insects, frogs, small rodents including other squirrels, and small birds, their eggs and young.

(6) Where and how do the Eastern Gray Squirrel Live?

The eastern gray squirrel was found first in western North America, Canada, to the southwest British Columbia and to the city of Calgary, Alberta in the United States, to the states of Washington and Oregon and, in California, to the city of San Francisco and the peninsula area of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, south of the city. It has become the most common squirrel in many urban and suburban habitats in western North America, from north of central California to southwest British Columbia. At the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries, the eastern gray squirrel was introduced into South Africa, Ireland and England, too.

(7) Reproduction

When do they Breed: twice a year, December to February and May to June
How many youngs/Baby are born: 2 to 8 litter per year
Gestation Period: Around 44 days
Mother Care: The baby squirrels are taken care of by Female Squirrels for Seven weeks and they they leave the nest after 10 weeks.
Age when they can breed: 125 days
Age: 20 years in Zoos and 12.5 years in Wild.

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Western Gray Squirrel

 

Scientific Name:  Sciurus griseus

(1) Where to find Western Gray Squirrels?

Western Gray Squirrel is one of the species of the Tree Squirrel. They are also known as Jordan Lundy squirrel or lundy squirrel.
Some of their species is also known as the silver-gray squirrel, the California gray squirrel, the Oregon gray squirrel, the Columbian gray squirrel and the banner-tail.

 

(2) Western Gray Squirrels Facts

Length: 23 – 30 cms. Their Tail length is 19-25 cm.
Weight: 400-1000 gm
The long tail of the Squirrel helps the squirrel to balance and steer when jumping from one tree to the other and running along branches and may keep the animal warm during sleep.
How do western Gray Squirrel look? The dorsal fur is a silver metal gray, with pure white on the underside, there may be black flecks in the tail. Ears are large but without tufts. The ears turn reddish-brown at the back in the winter. The tail is long and typically very bushy. Western Gray squirrels undergo a complete head-to-tail molt in the spring and a rump-to-head molt in the fall. Tail hair is replaced only in the spring. Nesting mothers will use their tail hair to line birthing nests.

Nest:Nests are made up of grass in the branches of spruce trees Or cavities in the trunks of poplar, spruce and walnut trees. Each individual squirrel builds and has available several nests within its territory and females with young offspring move between different nesting sites.

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(3) Western Gray Fox Squirrel

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(4) Western Gray Squirrel Habitat

Squirrel nests are called drey and can be seen in trees. The Drey are built from sticks and leaves wrapped with long strands of grass. The western gray squirrel makes 2 stick nests. The first drey is large and round in size and also well covered for the use in winter. This will also be used during taking care of the young squirrels. The second drey is for the regular use. They use it as a sleeping platform, which is for the temporary purpose. Both types of drey are built with the same materials; sticks and twigs and are lined with leaves, lichens, moss and shredded bark. The First Drey may be lined with tail hair. The size of the nest is around 43 to 91 cm up to 46 cm.

 

(5) What do Western Gray Squirrel Eat? Diet?

Western gray squirrelseat a variety of food ranging from pine seeds, acorn, tree bark, berries, and different types of wild fungi including fly agaric mushrooms. Tree squirrels have a high tolerance for humans and hence inhibit neighbourhoods and can also raid bird feeders for millet, corn and sunflower seeds.

On rare occasions when their usual food sources are scarce, tree squirrels may also prey upon insects, frogs, small rodents including other squirrels, small birds, their eggs and young ones. Pine nuts and acorns are very high in oil and moderately high in carbohydrates, which help increase the development of body fat.

(6) Where and how do the Western Gray Squirrel Live?

The Western Gray Squirrel are mostly found in western coast of the United States and Canada.

(7) Reproduction

When do they Breed: twice a year, December to June
How many youngs/Baby are born: 2 to 8 litter per year
Gestation Period: Around 44 days
Mother Care: The baby squirrels are taken care of by Female Squirrels for Seven weeks and they they leave the nest after 12 weeks. The youngs do not leave Nest till 6 months.
Age when they can breed: 180 days
Age: 20 years in Zoos and 12.5 years in Wild.

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