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Gray Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis


Large tail gives name to genus 'Sciurus', meaning "shadow tail". Squirrels make large, messy looking nests in trees comprised mostly of leaves and sticks.


Forests, and also in urban areas where they can easily scavenge grain with fear only of automobiles and overfed domestic cats.


Please do not throw your trash on the ground. This squirrel was found retrieving a sandwich from a sandwich bag. The photo shows the squirrel with its prize. This is likely not a healthy meal for a squirrel, and it could have choked on chewed pieces of the bag. Popular decorative nut trees like oaks and walnuts mast regularly and are more than enough food for these critters.

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Nicholas Trapeni
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Nicholas Trapeni

Rutland, Vermont, USA

Spotted on Oct 9, 2012
Submitted on Oct 9, 2012

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