Eastern Gray Squirrel

(Sciurus carolinensis)

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STATUS: Native, they are abundant throughout, but protected in Illinois.

DESCRIPTION: 14.96-20.67 inches in length and weigh about 11.91-26.43 oz.

DIET: Eastern Gray Squirrels primarily feed on nuts, seeds, buds, and flowers of trees.

HABITAT: They are native to Eastern North America and their habitat overlaps with the Fox Squirrel.

NOTES: They travel by means of foraging among the trees to stay protected from predators on the ground. They use vocalizations and tail flicks to communicate. Predators are red foxes, bobcats, coyotes, and birds of prey.

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