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Wildlife Hotline: (516) 674-0982

Squirrels on Long Island

Eastern Gray Squirrels are a species of rodent commonly found on Long Island. They are gray-brown in color with long bushy tails and small paws equipped with very sharp nails used for climbing. Eastern Gray Squirrels eat fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. They bury nuts and seeds that eventually grow into trees helping keep Long Island green. These squirrels have 2 litters of babies every year: once in the spring and once in the late summer. 

Did you know?

Eastern Gray Squirrels use their bushy tails for more than just warmth! Their tails are important in helping them balance while climbing long branches. They are also used to communicate with other nearby squirrels. They flick their tails in different ways to tell other squirrels about nearby danger and even to attract a possible mate.

Coexisting with Squirrels

Eastern Gray Squirrels are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to easily coexist with them.

  • Seal any entrances to chimneys, attics, or basements
  • Keep squirrels out of your bird feeders with mammal proof feeders like these
  • Avoid tree trimming from March through November as to not disturb nesting squirrels

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We rely on donations from the community to provide the best possible rescue, care and rehabilitation to Long Island’s Wildlife.

Wildlife on Long Island

Long Island is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and marine life. Here are some examples of the wildlife you might find on Long Island.






Reptiles & Amphibians

Shorebirds & Seabirds

Small Rodents