The Eastern gray squirrel Rodent, common name eastern gray squirrel or grey squirrel depending on region, is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus.
Eastern gray squirrel Rodent Facts:
- Length: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
- Tail: 15-20 cm (6-8 in)
- Weight: 200-475 g (7-17 oz)
- Social unit: Individual
- Status: Least concern
Introduced from North America into parts of Europe, the eastern grey squirrel has a grey back and white or pale underparts. The face, back, and forelegs are brown-tinged. This opportunistic feeder takes nuts, seeds, flowers, fruit, buds, and fungi.
It may emerge from its grass- and bark-lined twig nest (drey) in winter to forage. It also eats food that it stored during the autumn, locating it from memory and smell. Breeding occurs twice a year. The 2-4 young are helpless at birth, but grow quickly and are fully weaned at 10 weeks.
When feeding on the ground, grey squirrels typically sit up in this way so that their forepaws are free to handle food items.