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Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis

Scientific name:  Sciurus carolinensis
Common name:  Eastern Gray Squirrel
Family:   Sciuridae

The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs.

Sugar Creek Glen, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis


Derivation of the scientific name:
Sciurus, Greek skia, shadow; oura, tail; alludes to the squirrel sitting in the shadow of its tail.
carolinensis, refers to the Carolinas, a term used in the United States to refer collectively to the U.S. states of North Carolina (NC) and South Carolina (SC).


Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis


Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis


 
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