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Sciurus Carolinensis

By digitalcaptive  
Here are a few facts from the Forestry Commission website:-

Their scientific name is Sciurus carolinensis.
They were introduced from USA /Canada to approximately 30 sites in England, Scotland and Wales from 1876–1930.
Grey squirrels eat seeds, buds, flowers, shoots, nuts, berries and fruit from many trees and shrubs. They also eat fungi and insects, and it is possible occasionally birds’ eggs and fledglings.
They store nuts in the ground in the autumn, but do not remember where they store them. They rely on scent to find them.
They can be right- or left-handed!
Squirrels moult their coat twice a year, once after winter and then in the late summer before the weather gets colder again.
They do not have ear tufts.
They can live to 5-7 years of age.
They have four fingers and five toes.
The upper fur is mainly grey with mid-brown along the upper back, and chestnut over the flanks, limbs and feet. Their underside is white. The tail hairs are grey, banded with brown and black and a white fringe.
They weigh 450-650g.
Their body is 24–26cm long and their tail is 19-24cm in length.
Squirrels live high in trees in a nest made from twigs, leaves and moss. This is called a drey.
The drey may be in a hole in the tree or set against the trunk and branches.
Pregnancy lasts 44 days and their young are called kittens.
Kittens are born with their eyes closed, without teeth and with no hair. After about seven weeks they look just like small versions of their parents and are ready to leave the drey.
There are generally 2 litters a year (rarely 3), with 3–7 kittens in each litter.
Average densities in broadleaf areas are approximately 8-18 grey squirrels per hectare, and 0.1-1 per hectare in coniferous areas.
They do not hibernate over winter, but may be less active when weather conditions are bad.
They can hang upside down!
They can swim!
Grey squirrels do not appear to be susceptible to Squirrelpox virus, but may carry and transmit it.

Tags: Wildlife General Squirrel Close-up and macro Sciurus carolinensis Wildlife and nature

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Dennie 12 260 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2007 9:19AM
Lovely squirrel shot and great information. Id like to see one swimming.
I like squirrels cant see why people dont like them. Denise x

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KingArthur 10 8 Malta
19 Feb 2007 11:12AM
Good shot, lovely capture.

Shroomer 9 14 167 England
19 Feb 2007 12:32PM
OK who was checking out who. Nice capture you certainly had its attention, fascinating facts as well taken for granted by a lot of people. Nice Capture.
ITPSnapper 10 45 Netherlands
19 Feb 2007 3:49PM
Real cracker of a shot.

BertC 10 29 Malta
19 Feb 2007 4:33PM
Superb work Russell ... lovely !
SueWB 9 England
19 Feb 2007 4:48PM
Thanks for all that info - I have taken some shots of greys recently, and being so close to them has made me appreciate them alot more - they are so quick and agile!
Sue Smile
19 Feb 2007 5:07PM
Nice one mate.Got one just like this,Visits my garden well we do put out Morrisons best for it.

Cheers Pete
Loupix 10 80 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2007 10:32PM
WOW! cracking shot! is this from yesterday!!!
you must be proud of this one Smile
19 Feb 2007 10:46PM
Yes mate, a bit slower moving than the tits
KKmoments 10 12 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2007 12:46AM
Well timed capture, nice detail and lovely focus on the eyes... fascinating facts about the grey squirrel, thank you for sharing.
Kim Walton 13 145 30 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2007 9:36AM
Well taken shot .As above.
20 Feb 2007 4:14PM
Super capture
piccy 10 8 Wales
21 Feb 2007 11:52AM
Nice informative write up and excellent detail.
Pegon 11 78 1 England
21 Feb 2007 10:42PM
Good shot and info.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2007 7:13PM
A beautiful photograph of this animal in its natural surroundings.

Lovely capture, interesting write up.


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