by: Michael H. Levin 

Eastern Gray Squirrels are common in our area sometimes with few to many in a melanistic (black) color phase black squirrels.  The male of the species is the boar and the female is the sow.  They give birth to pups.  Their natural habitat is hardwood forests with nut trees like acorns and river bottoms. They feed on a large variety of nuts, seeds, fungi, fruits, and often the cambium, the living cellular layer that produces the trees bark as well as the food producing cells. When the mast  (acorn crop) of oaks is large, gray squirrels vigorously retrieve nearly every nut.

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