Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
The overall length of a gray squirrel is about 11 inches
with an additional 8-10 inches added for its furry tail. Markings
aren't necessary for locals to identify a gray squirrel as they
are usually gray on the back and sides, whitish below; large,
bushy tail. The fox squirrel is typically brownish, reddish,
orange, or grizzled, and measures about 30 inches overall.
The preferred habitat of all squirrels is a medium sized
tree in all environments. The feed mostly on nuts, flowers and
buds of more than 24 species of oaks, 10 species of hickory,
pecan, walnut and beech trees. Maple, mulberry, hackberry, elm,
chestnut, bulbs, wild cherry, dogwood, hawthorn, black gum, hazelnut,
hop hornbeam and gingko fruits are among their favorites and
all are available in the coastal region.
Squirrels breed twice a year, an event accompanied by fights,
chases, and other noisy activities. Late winter or spring litters
are usually born in tree hollows; summer ones are born in leafy
nests out along the branches of a tree.
Males take no role in raising the young. Squirrels do not