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Featured Mammal: Gray Squirrel


What does it look like? Gray squirrels actually don't have gray fur! They have a mix of white, black, and brown fur. When viewed from a distance, these furs blend together to look gray. The squirrels have bodies 16 to 20" in length, and they can weigh up to 1.5 pounds.

How long does it live? If the gray squirrel survives its first year, it can be expected to live 5 to 6 years.

What does it eat? Gray squirrels are foragers, with a varied diet of mostly nuts and seeds. They can also eat some fruits, insects, and fungi. They store food to eat during the winter months.

Where does it live? Gray squirrels like mixed hardwood forests, but they have also adapted to live in and around suburban/urban environments, such as the areas near Rock Creek. They can live in old woodpecker holes or build nests of twigs and leaves.

How is it threatened? Gray squirrels are a very common species. Being hit by a car is their biggest threat. This is a more common occurrence for young squirrels.

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