The most common is the Eastern Gray Squirrel. They are 14 to 21 oz, 9.1” to 11.8” plus a 7.5” to 9.8” tail.
White Squirrels are the same size as gray squirrels. They are not albino. Our white squirrels have a little decorative darker “hat.” They were only found in Brevard, but they have spread and you can see them around Hendersonville as well. The one in the photo is on my porch, just a mile or so from the Inn.
Fox Squirrels are much bigger, 1.1 to 2.2 lb, 17.7” to 27.6” plus a 7.9” to 13” tail. They are mostly found north of us, closer to the Virginia state line. They are usually dark brown or black with lighter faces.
American Red Squirrels or Pine Squirrels are small, only 8.4 oz, 12” long, 6” body, 6” tail, just a little bigger than a chipmunk. Around here they are called “boomers” because they will give you a good scolding. They are red with whitish tummies. They are harder to spot. They don’t live much in town.
There are two kinds of Flying Squirrels here. Southern Flying Squirrels are smaller, about 8” to 10” long Northern Flying Squirrels are 10 to 12 inches long. They are both gray-brown, light brown and cinnamon colored with greyish legs and whitish tummies. They have really big eyes. They are nocturnal, so also hard to spot.
Woodchucks or Ground Hogs are also Squirrels. Yes, really! They are large ground squirrels. They are really easy to spot around here, standing on the side of the road. They weigh 4 to 9 lb, 16” to 26” long including their little 6” tail. They can climb trees, but they are fat and clumsy. If you want to see them climb trees, try the Lake Lure, Chimney Park area.
The Squirrel is the North Carolina State Mammal.
John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC