Central Florida’s humid, subtropical climate provides favorable habitat for eastern gray squirrels to flourish. Average annual temperatures range from the low 70sF (22C) around Orlando to the upper 70sF (25C) in Miami. Summer highs reach the 90sF (30sC). Rainfall averages 50 to 60 inches (1270 to 1520 mm) per year with pronounced wet and dry seasons.
Mixed oak hammocks, pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, and sabal palm forests surround urban developments. Lush vegetation, agricultural crops, mature trees, and abundant fresh water support large squirrel populations. The mild winters allow year-round breeding.
Developed areas offer additional food sources like tree buds, seeds, fruits, flowers, pet food, and unsecured garbage. Attics, crawlspaces, eaves, and dense trees provide nesting sites. The high heat and humidity also accelerates decomposition for caching uneaten foods.