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Tree Squirrels

Grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis

•Red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

•Fox squirrel, Sciurus niger

•Northern flying squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus

•Southern flying squirrel. Glaucomys volans



Grey: 18-20 inches long; tail half that length; 1-1½ pounds.

Red: 12 inches long, same with tail; about 5½ ounces.

Fox: 21 inches long, includes 9½ inch tail; nearly 2 pounds.

Northern flying: 10-11 inches, including 4½ inch tail; 3-4 ounces.

Southern flying: 9-10 inches, including 3½ inch tail; 1½-2½ ounces.

Signs of Their Presence

The animals themselves. Don't be suprised if you see black or white squirrles.They're really gray squirrels with a color variation.

Sounds: Red squirrels are loudest, with their sometimes birdlike,sometimes scolding, but seemingly endless chatter. Gray and fox squirrels also chatter, and during th mating season, they'll make a chucking bark as they chase each other. You may hear chewing,pattering,scampering,scratching sounds in attic, eaves and walls from early morning throughout the day-unless the resident are flying squirrels, which are nocturnal.

Scat: Oval, smooth, roughly ¼ inch long. The scat of flying squirrels is often found in distinctive piles.

Nest: Gray,fox and flying squirrels make leaf nests, usually placed in a tree crotch, that are used summer and fall. 

Evidence of their feeding: Mipped twigs of spruce,hemlock, and pine trees; piles of gnawes nuts (acorns) between attic joist or in wall voids.

Building damage: Holes in vents, eaves, soffits, and fascia boards. Claw marks on siding. Tunnels in insulation. Chewed wires. 

Breeding dates: Gray and fox squirrels: Mid December through January. Red and northern flying squirrels: late winter. Southern flyng squirrels : early spring. Gestation takes 40-45 days.

Litter size:  Gray squirrel:2-4 young; fox squirrel: 2-4; red squirrel: 3-6; flying squirrel 2-7 young.

Removal method: Live traping