Animals + Wildlife The Grey Squirrel
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Copyright: Pia Mcinerney
Image Size: 768 x 1024    Uploaded on: 02/06/2010
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This is the grey squirrel. Its coat is a steel grey colour in winter but there may be a reddish ling along its legs in the summer. Its nest, which is called a drey, is untidier looking than the red squirrel’s nest. They eat a wide variety of food, which includes seeds, fruit, berries and the bark and shoots of trees. In winter they rest for long periods, living on the body fat they built up during the summer. They are very good climbers, though not as fast as the red squirrel. They can also swim. They are very nosey animals and are easily trapped by hunters. They can have two litters born each year, in late February and in July, normally having three or four young to each litter.


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