TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Gray squirrel hunting season is officially open in the state of Florida.

Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the season starts Saturday on private lands and runs through March 2, 2014.

Squirrels, which can grow to about 20 inches long, are members of the rodent family. They like wooded areas and spend most of their time on trees.

Hunters who want to look for gray squirrels on wildlife management areas should consult with the FWC, as open dates vary.

There is no open season in Florida for taking fox squirrels, which tend to be larger and have cinnamon colored bellies and tails.

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