Eastern Gray Squirrel
Look for gray squirrels in forests, backyards, and nearly anywhere nut trees are found. To learn more about them, scamper over to mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
The large leafy nests you see in trees don’t belong to birds. Squirrels build them to sleep in.
A squirrel uses its bushy tail for balance, for shade on a sunny day, as an umbrella when it rains, as a blanket when it’s cold, and as a parachute if it falls.
Catching the Love Bug
During mating season, males chase females up, down, and around trees.
When it’s angry or scared, a squirrel flicks its tail and barks out cherk! cherk! cherk! to warn other squirrels.
When nibbling nuts, squirrels are messier than your baby brother eating spaghetti. Their picnic sites are littered with half-eaten acorns and hickory nut shells.
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Alexis (AJ) Joyce