Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Grey squirrel
Sciurus carolinensis
Location: Nesting in oaks, roam the yard. Frequent the feedlot in winter, playing in the white pine and blue spruce
Although the gray squirrel is found in parks and yards, woodlands are its preferred habitat. It builds its den in tree branches, inside a hollow trunk, or in an empty birds nest. It usually lines the nest with moss, thistledown, dried grass, and feathers and builds a cover. A gray squirrel will build several nests or dens and use them all. When a female has young, the nest is theirs alone, but winter nests are often shared to generate warmth.
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Genus: Sciurus (squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks)
Family: Sciuridae (squirrels)
Order: Rodentia (rodents)
Class: Mammalia (Mammals)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)