|Copyright: Wentzel Lee (lawentzel)
|Date Taken: 2006-07-17|
|Camera: Kodak Easyshare P850|
|Exposure: f/3.7, 1/100 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-12-01 15:40|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live in forests, but they are also seen in yards, gardens, and city parks. Basically, they live anywhere there are large, deciduous trees (trees whose leaves die in the Fall).|
These squirrels live in trees year-round, either in cavities or nests they build out of leaves. Cavities are often old woodpecker holes. Nests are usually high up in tree crotches. Nests are hard to see in the Summer, because they are made with green leaves, and are hidden by foliage (leaves on the trees). They are easy to see in the Winter, when the nest leaves have turned brown and tree leaves fall to the ground.
The trees most commonly used by Eastern Gray Squirrels to live in are White Oak, American Beech, American Elm, Red Maple, and Sweetgum, though they will use others also.
Squirrels mate in the Winter, and you can often see males chasing females up, down, and around trees. Once mated, both the male and female build the nest.
Eastern Gray Squirrels have two litters each year. The first is in the Spring, the second in late Summer. Two or three young are in each litter. The second litter spends the winter with their mother.
Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live to be about five years old. They survive with their good sense of vision, smell, and hearing. They also have incredible balance. They rarely fall from trees and hurt themselves. They can run headfirst down a tree trunk. Eastern Gray Squirrels are also excellent swimmers.
This squirrel's greatest tool may be its tail. It uses it for balance, shade from the sun, as an umbrella, a blanket, and as a rudder when swimming.
Eastern Gray Squirrels are very active, especially in the morning and evening (crepuscular times). During these times they are constantly moving. Usually, they are looking for food.
The diet of Eastern Gray Squirrels includes: acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, beechnuts, maple (buds, bark, and samaras), Yellow Poplar blossoms, American Hornbeam seeds, apples, fungi, Black Cherry, Flowering Dogwood, grapes, sedges, grasses, American Holly, insects (adults and larvae), baby birds, bird eggs, and amphibians.
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