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Dimensions4724 x 4724
Original file size3.01 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken17-May-07 03:05
Date modified22-Jul-08 09:28
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 20D
Focal length220 mm
Exposure1/40 at f/4
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modeAverage
Grey squirrel 1

Grey squirrel 1

The eastern gray squirrel or grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is a tree squirrel native to North America. A prolific and adaptable species, the grey squirrel has been introduced to, and thrives in Britain, where it has spread across the country and has largely displaced the native red squirrel.

The grey squirrel is one of very few mammalian species that can descend a tree head-first. It does this by turning its feet so that the claws of its hindpaws are backward pointing and can grip the tree bark. They build a type of nest, known as a "drey", in the forks of trees and is a scatter-hoarder; it hoards food in numerous small caches for later recovery.