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Eastern Gray Squirrel

The eastern gray squirrel is not native to Idaho. It was introduced by humans. However, they are plentiful and you can often see them scampering in the trees or foraging on the ground for nuts in neighborhoods and forests, especially in southern Idaho. They have grayish fur, with a buff underbelly and a flattened, bushy tail. 

Eastern Gray Squirrel
© 2008 Elizabeth A. Sellers. Courtesy of life.nbii.gov  

Habitat: These little rodents live in trees, usually hardwood or mixed forests with nut trees, especially oak-hickory forests. You have probably seen them in your neighborhood or in your own backyard.

Food:
They are diurnal (only active during the day), and feed mainly on seeds and nuts, particularly pine seeds and acorns, though they will also take berries, fungus and other food. They have also adapted to eating peanuts, sunflower seeds, and other treats people feed them in their back yards. 

Fun Facts:
These squirrels bury nuts for later use, especially in winter when food is scarce. They can smell buried nuts under a foot of snow! 

 


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American bullfrog
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Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot

Reptiles

Snakes

Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
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Western fence lizard
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Western whiptail


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Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
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Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
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Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
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