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Red squirrel

Sciurus vulgaris


The coat of the red squirrel varies in colour with time of year and location. There are several different coat colour morphs ranging from black to red. The underside of the squirrel is always white-cream in colour. They usualy have those cute ear brushes, but are absent in younger individuals and less prominent in summer.


Park-like surrounding of some tourist bungalows.


The red squirrel is protected in most of Europe, as it is listed in Appendix III of the Bern Convention; it is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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EvaV 6 years ago

Thanks Daniele! I learn so much here on PN! I stumbled upon some slovenian records that mentioned grey squirrel and when I checked it out, it looked quite similar to the one on my photo, so I was not so sure about the red squirrel anymore. I see now, that it was only mentioned as a threat to the red squirrel, however not explicitly for Slovenia but mainly UK, or in some cases Italy and in terms of a potencial threat for Slovenian populations of red squirrel as well. I will be more careful about these things in the future. Thanks again for an ID and the report!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Hi Eva! I would go with red squirrel. The grey squirrel is present is pocket parts of Italy but hasn't spread to Slovenia (see report below). The younger red squirrels don't show ear brushes, and these are also less prominent in summer. Although both have white on the belly the grey squirrel has more grey on the tail than this fellow.

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Spotted on Aug 8, 2011
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