North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Species Name

Gray Squirrel

Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis
Classification: Small game
Abundance: Abundant

Species Profile (PDF)


The eastern gray squirrel is the most common and frequently observed of North Carolina’s five tree squirrel species. The gray squirrel is found in every county and was adopted as the state mammal in 1969. Gray squirrels are enjoyed by wildlife-watchers and hunters alike, but they can be a nuisance when they cause property damage.