Eastern Gray Squirrel

Scientific Name: Sciurus carlinensis (Gray squirrel),
The eastern gray squirrel (sciurus carlinesnsis) is a member of the genus sciurus family. The eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur, but it can have a brownish color. It has a white underside and a large bushy tail. The head and body length is from 23 to 30 cm, the tail from 19 to 25 cm and the adult weight varies between 400 and 600 grams. The eastern gray squirrel is commonly mistaken for the fox squirrel as the tracks of an eastern gray squirrel are difficult to distinguish from the fox squirrel, though the latter’s range is almost entirely different from the gray’s.

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Eastern Gray Squirrel

The Fox Squirrel

The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) weighs from 1 to 3 pounds and exhibits different color variations that ranges from a light brown color to gray, and in some instances black. The under parts are usually lighter and have white noses and ears with black faces and feet. They are noted for their long, bushy tails and for their strong hind legs that allows them to jump easily from place to place. The skull of the fox squirrel has 20 teeth: gray squirrels have 22 teeth.

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Fox Squirrel