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Natural Oakville - The Eastern Gray Squirrel

The most commonly seen squirrel in the Oakville region is known as the Eastern Gray Squirrel.
The name is somewhat misleading however, since the coat colour most often seen in Oakville and the rest of southeastern Ontario is black. 
There are grayish brown variants of the the Gray Squirrel and these may often be seen cavorting with their black cohorts.

The Eastern Gray Squirrel is native to eastern Canada and to eastern and midwestern USA.

Squirrels are food hoarders and each squirrel makes several thousand food caches during the gathering seasons.

Eastern Gray Squirrels are able to descend a tree head first and are one of the few mammals who are able to do this.

They do not hibernate, contrary to what is commonly believed.

Eastern Gray Squirrels build nexts, called dreys, in the forks of trees. The nests are made of twigs and moss.
They breed twice a year and may have up to 8 young each time.
Young squirrels leave the nest at 10 weeks of age.

Eastern Gray Squirrels are omnivorous and will eat both plants and animals.

The Eastern Gray Squirrel can be seen very easily when visiting any of Oakville's parks or woodlands and many homeowners have squirrels frequently visiting their yards in search of handouts.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsJo-Anne Smith • March 14 2010 08:16PM

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Hi Jo - those darn squirrels keep eating the bird seed in our feeder.  Knocking on the window doesn't scare them.  My husband fills up a glass of water and throws it out the door at them.  Strange but true.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

hi Jenny,

I guess they can be quite a pest....I've listed the odd house that had to have repairs done prior to listing due to damage squirrels had done.

They are beautiful though, arent't they?

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

Jo,

When I lived in Ontario, these little buggers would get into my attic and cause havoc. They are basically rats will pretty tails.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 9 years ago

Jo,

I have a lot of these guys in my backyard. I just never knew what they were called.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Terry,

They can cause damage....however if they have trees and food sources around I think they'll stay out of houses.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

Brian

Do you have the black version or the gray ones?

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

Jo~

I'm sending this post on over to m y God-Daughter who rescues squirrels. She will love it as much as I have. THX!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

PS/.We have WHITE Squirrels here in the Asheville area...and even have a White Squirrel Festival.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

JaneAnne,

Rescuing squirrels is a very worthy past time....squirrels are repsonsible for planting many of our trees!

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

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