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Eastern Gray Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis


mix of dark brown and black. I've seen a lot of different colored squirrels in my area but never one like this, it was constantly on the move, these photos were all I could get.


easter N. America


I spotted this squirrel in my yard. The first photos is zoomed in and taken with the flash, hence the eyeshine. The last 2 photos were taken through my kitchen window. I didn't want to scare it away by opening my back door. I have some trees around my house and loads of squirrels but its the first time I've seen this guy.

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dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Fyn. I've very lucky with spotting some cool squirrels.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 5 years ago

Another awesome spotting!!!

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Keith

keithp2012 6 years ago

I added it for you, great find!

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Leah, I've been offline for days as I'm traveling off the beaten track in China. Sounds like a cool mission. Can't wait to check out more of it when I get to a better computer. It's really strange, the site looks normal except (and this is a big except!) I can't see any of the photos! Hopefully this will change when I get to a bigger city. As I look at this spotting someone has kindly already added this spotting to it, thanks mystery mission adder!

Leah M
Leah M 6 years ago

You should add this to the color variation's quite a find!

HeatherMiller 6 years ago

They sure are an interesting color. Almost chocolate lab (dog) in color with a dark undercoat. Very interesting.

auntnance123 6 years ago

Here's another interesting link--never knew about "pocket" populations.

dandoucette 6 years ago

Oh okay Michael, I missed the humour in that one.
@Thanks Ashish
@Heather - There are a few subspecies of the grey squirrel and a lot of genetic variation within them. I don't think its a response to the weather as I see the blond and black squirrels all year. This particular squirrel has seemingly taken up residence in the trees around my house. I saw him again yesterday. Hopefully I can get some more photos of him.
Side note - Since I work in the gardens and grounds around the Falls, I see a lot of tourists. Many of them have never seen a black squirrel and are totally fascinated by them. They are particularly friendly too in the area and will eat out of your hand.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Dan... nice spotting... Love such amazing shade like a Fox for a Squirrel..!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Micheal you can add all edible (to human) vegetable menu with used in menu and raw vegetable as spotting and add in mission Vegetable varities for Gardeners.

HeatherMiller 6 years ago

Dan - do you know if these black/brown varieties are that color because of winter? Or are they a subspecies of each other? Our grey squirrels down here stay grey all year - but we are a tad bit warmer in Georgia.

MichaelMorris 6 years ago

sorry dan, i was just making a joke with the food pic

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Scott and Carolina. It does look more like a cats fur than a squirrel.

Carolina 6 years ago

Wow the fur looks like a friend's cat!

ScottRasmussen 6 years ago

How cool. Most of the "black" squirrels in my area show a bit of brown mottling in bright sunlight, but I've never seen anything like this.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Lat: 43.09, Long: -79.09

Spotted on Oct 27, 2011
Submitted on Oct 27, 2011

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