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Cute squirrel

Observed: 13th April 2011 By: jeltjejeltje’s reputation in Mammalsjeltje’s reputation in Mammalsjeltje’s reputation in Mammals
Squirrel on a park bench
Description:

From the eastern United States and southeastern Canada; introduced into Britain, Ireland, western North America, Italy, and South Africa.Medium sized tree squirrel with no sexual dimorphism in size or coloration. The dorsal surface ranges from grizzled dark to pale grey and may have cinnamon tones. The ears are pale grey to white and its tail is white to pale grey. Underparts are grey to buff. Melanism is common in the northern portions of the range and albinism is rare in all areas.I have never seen a black one but have seen an albino in Cape Town.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) interacts

Comments

wek6's picture

Black Squirrel

I have seen Black Squirrels in Hitchen, Herts. They were in the trees in the Churchyard. Are they now spreading? Is it true that they are not pure Sciurus carolinensis? They are attractive animals.

Gill Sinclair's picture

No hybridisation

The black squirrels are pure Sciurus carolinensis as far as I know.

Gill Sinclair
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the naturalist man's picture

Black squirrels

Just like any melanistic (abnormally black) animal they are pure bred but have a defective gene which causes them to produce too much melanin so have black fur/feathers/skin. Just like melanism's opposite, albanism the absence of melanin production.

Melanistic red squirrels, though much rarer, have been seen.

Graham Banwell

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jeltje's picture

Thanks Graham

for the additional info !