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You nearly had me there, I did not notice it was in Mexico and I was going to ask where the 'ground' in the name came from!
This is a western grey squirrel (Sciurus griseus); the dark head with distinctive white rings around the eyes are the main identification features. These are not ground squirrels (which tend to look more like gophers or chipmunks) but a tree living species. They are very similar in their habits to the eastern grey squirrel found roaming around just about any park in England.
In Mexico City they are at the southern end of their range. They are found all along the western seaboard of the USA though are most prevalent in California; indeed they are also known as the Californian grey squirrel.
If you want to add a new identification I'll agree to it.
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Thanks for this description and explaination, it really helps. Would it be a possibility that there is a Black form of this species in Mexico City too? Or would that be a different species altogether? If you need to see a photo, i have one on my website. I have attached a link (you may have to be copy & paste it).
Thanks again for your help
You are right, this is a melanistic western grey squirrel. These pup up in the eastern greys found in Britain from time to time.
You could think of it as the opposite of an albino. In albinism no melanin is produced, hence the animal is white, but in a melanistic animal there is an over-production of melanin and the animal appears black all over. I suspect it is commoner in the western greys as they are already very dark on the back.
Thanks again Graham.
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