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Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
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Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)

Description: Western Gray Squirrels (Sciurus griseus) are large, gray tree squirrels with long, overly bushy gray tails. The belly is white. The head and body are about 9-12 inches long, and the tail is another 10-12 inches long.

This species lives from about sea level up to about the Canadian (Pine-Fir Forest) Life Zone. Look for them in pine forests, especially piney woods with oaks.

Don't look for this species around Las Vegas, rather, look for them in California, western Oregon, and central Washington. In particular, look for them while hiking in the lower and middle elevations in Yosemite National Park.

Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel on a big ponderosa pine. Gray Squirrels are "tree" squirrels, as opposed to "ground" squirrels. These squirrels spend most of their time in the trees where they feeds on nuts, acorns, and pine seeds, and they nest in the trees.
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel running on the ground. Even though these are "tree" squirrels, it is not unusual to see them foraging on the ground for fallen nuts and seeds, and also mushrooms and other types of fungus.
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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