Outdoors Journal: Gray squirrels

  • Article by: JIM GILBERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2010 - 9:18 PM

The eastern gray squirrel grows to about 18 inches, including its bushy tail, and weighs about a pound. In winter the soft light gray fur becomes long and dense.

Albino and melanistic gray squirrels occur, and sometimes these mutations, either partial or complete, can become the dominant color phase in an area.

Potential life span for this species is up to 10 years.

They usually have home ranges of about two acres, but as different foods attract them, they can expand their range and might roam over an area as large as five miles. 

JIM GILBERT

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