Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

WIld squirrel sitting in a tree

  • Common tree squirrel
  • Mostly gray or brown with white under body
  • Large bushy tail
  • Native to the eastern and mid-western United States
  • Most active early in the day and in the evening
  • Does not hibernate
  • Eats tree bark, seeds, acorns, nuts, and fungi
  • Hoards food
  • Can descend a tree head down by turning its hind feet backwards to grip the tree bark and support their weight
  • Builds dens in the fork of trees made of twigs and leaves; will also use abandoned bird nests and woodpecker holes
  • State mammal of North Carolina
  • Commonly enters homes in late fall as temperatures drop