Gray Squirrel is The Official National State Animal of North Carolina. It Was Adopted as the North Carolina State Animal in 1969. As the name suggests, the eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray but it can have a brownish color. Like many others members of the family Sciuridae, the eastern gray squirrel is a scatter-hoarder. The law About designating the gray squirrel as the official North Carolina State Animal game species are found in the North Carolina Revised Statutes, Title 1, Chapter 2, Section 2.085.