The Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is an arboreal (tree) rodent mammal native to North America and Europe. It is considered to be an invasive species in Great Britain where it has displaced the red squirrel.
The Eastern Grey Squirrel has grey-brown fur with white fur on its underbelly. It has a large bushy tail. It has four toes on its front feet and five toes on its back (hind) feet.
The Eastern Grey Squirrel can grow to 23-30 centimetres (9-12 inches) the tail.
The Eastern Grey Squirrel eats tree bark, berries, seeds, nuts and fungi.
It can be found in dense forests and woodlands, but also in people’s gardens, parks and farmlands. They make a den (like a nest) in large tree branches and within the hollow trunks of trees. The dens are usually lined with moss plants, thistledown, dried grass, and feathers. Often, they will build a cover to the den.
[Location of photographs: Washington DC, America; London, England; and Salisbury, England]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM