WILDLIFE ON KIAWAH ISLAND

MORE MAMMALS OF KIAWAH

Gray Squirrel
Sciurus carolinensis
Gray squirrels are gray with reddish tinges and have a white belly and bushy tail.  They are very common on the island and are active during daylight hours.  They are omnivorous and will eat acorns, nuts, fruit, buds, flowers, seeds, and occasionally bird eggs and young.  Squirrels typically breed twice per year in winter and summer.  They have 1-8 young per litter and typically nest in hollow trees or construct nests made of leaves and branches.  They are very good climbers and spend most of their time in trees, though they often forage on the ground.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Sylvilagus floridanus
Cottontail rabbits are brownish-gray with large ears and a white, fluffy tail.  They typically weight 2-3 pounds.  They are uncommon on Kiawah and are typically seen near the dunes and on roadsides at night.  They are herbivorous and will eat grass, clover, leaves, bark, and flowers.  Rabbit typically breed in the spring and summer with 2-6 young per litter.  Nests are constructed out of vegetation and lined with fur.  Rabbits are prolific breeders and can raise 3-4 litters per year.
Southern Flying Squirrel
Glaucomys volans
Flying squirrels are reddish-brown or gray with a white belly.  They are very small, typically weighing only 2-3 ounces.  They are common on Kiawah but do to their nocturnal nature are rarely seen.  They are often heard at night making a bird-like chirp.  Flying squirrels are omnivorous and typically eat acorns, nuts, berries, fruits, and seeds.  They normally breed twice per year in winter and summer.  Litter size is 2-4.  They roost and nest in tree cavities but will use bluebird boxes.  Flying squirrels have a cape of loose skin from wrist to ankle that allows them to glide easily between trees.
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Kiawah Island Bird Checklist (PDF)
 
"Wildlife As We See It" provided by the Kiawah Island Golf Resort
 
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