Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Melanistic gray squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis


The melanistic form of the gray squirrel which is almost entirely black, is predominant in certain populations and in certain geographic areas, such as in large parts of southeastern Canada. There are also genetic variations within these, including individuals with black tails and black colored squirrels with white tails.


Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC


Very prolific in Stanley Park where they follow tourists around begging for tidbits! The first one followed us for about 5 minutes until it realized we weren't going to feed it. We saw the second guy eating seeds someone had put out on a fence rail on one of the trails it barely moved even when cyclists were passing within a couple of feet.

No species ID suggestions


KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks blaise!

KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks tmgerber!

tmgerber 6 years ago

What a beautiful and unique squirrel! Hes so neat.

KarenL 6 years ago

Mary, I think he was sucking in his cheeks trying to look like he needed feeding up! The melanistic squirrel appears to be more common than the usual gray in parts of Canada, especially around the Toronto area.

MaryEvans2 6 years ago

cute series and nice spotting, I have never seen black colored squirrels, though have heard of them. sure are cute. Love how he is holding his mouth in the 1st photo.

KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks Kody!

kodyosborne 6 years ago


KarenL 6 years ago

Thank you Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Wonderful series.

KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks Jake! I've changed the order due to popular opinion! :)

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 6 years ago

I liked the 4th one too haha

KarenL 6 years ago

Haha, yes Maria, that little guy was pleading with me "feed me, feeeed meee"!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Love the fourth photo!

KarenL 6 years ago

Thanks Penny!

pennymomof2 6 years ago

Wonderful pics.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Lat: 49.25, Long: -123.13

Spotted on Mar 28, 2012
Submitted on Mar 29, 2012

Related spottings

Gray Squirrel Red squirrel Tree Squirel Gray squirrel

Nearby spottings

House Finches Pigeon Guillemot Song sparrow Western red cedar