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What animals eat gray squirrels?

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According to Fairfax County Public Schools, animals that eat gray squirrels include the great horned owl, barred owl, red-tailed hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, red fox, raccoon, black rat snake, copperhead snake, and the eastern hognose snake. The sarcoptic mange mite also lives on squirrels and eats their skin, technically qualifying in this way.

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The gray squirrel is a rodent that can grow up to 20 inches long. In line with the name, most gray squirrels have gray coats with silvery-tipped hairs, although occasional rare examples boast black coats. These animals live in deciduous trees, with a definite preference for white oak, American beech, American elm, red maple and sweetgum trees. These trees double up as food sources, because squirrels feed largely on nuts, blossoms, and seeds, as well as grasses. Gray squirrels will also eat eggs and baby birds if they can find them. Squirrels store food in different stashes throughout their territories, which come in handy during the winter because they do not truly hibernate.One of the gray squirrel's most important features is its tail, which serves several purposes. Its tail helps a squirrel to balance while it races through the trees, shades it from the sun and other elements, and even helps during swimming.

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