Sciurus carolinensis

Common Names: Eastern gray squirrel
Category: Mammals
Sub-category: Rodents

The eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur but it can have a reddish or black color. Particularly in urban situations where the risk of predation is reduced, both white- and black-colored individuals are quite often found. The melanistic form, which is almost entirely black, is predominant in certain populations and in certain geographic areas. There are also genetic variations within these, including individuals with black tails and black colored squirrels with white tails.

They are common just about anywhere in Connecticut, especially residential areas and forests.

Edible Notes: Squirrel is edible and there are recipes available online.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.