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Eastern Gray Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

Description:

Check out the video to see this squirrel in action! There is an incredible variety of eastern gray squirrels in southern Ontario from the common gray form to a black form to blond but this is the first time I've seen one like this mostly black but with a rufous colored upper back and intensely contrasting rufous tail. Last photo shows him going for the bird feeder. Reminds me of this other wildly colored squirrel. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/766...

Habitat:

urban

Notes:

I spotted this in my own backyard. I get a lot of squirrels and birds in my backyard. Sometimes I also get visited by raccoons, groundhogs, skunks, opossums and most recently, a deer!

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55 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette
dandoucette 4 years ago

Thanks Lizzy! I think so too.

Annelies
Annelies 4 years ago

Amazing spotting! His coloring is astonishing!

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thank you Pradeep and Joel.

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 5 years ago

Nice pics, lovely animal!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 5 years ago

Wow very beautiful!

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Adarsha and Jack. Thanks for the support.

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 5 years ago

Wow! Very cool. This deserves SOTD!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 5 years ago

How adorable :)

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks doreen. Michele, it appears the only way to share are with Facebook and Twitter, unless you copy and paste the link yourself.

MicheleMerlin
MicheleMerlin 5 years ago

EXCUSE ME IS THERE NO OTHER WAY TO SHARE THAN TWITTER ? THANKS

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 5 years ago

Very beautiful.

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 5 years ago

Beautiful squirrel... so cute.. :) and very nice video :)

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Melanism is the development of dark pigment, not necessarily too much pigment. Thanks again!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

so leucistics are lack of pigment and melanstic is too much pigment, correct? i also love melanistics

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Landmark, I like them too, especially when I don't have to leave the house to see them!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

i adore albinos and leucistics. they are extraordinary!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Jessica and Sandra!

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 6 years ago

Wow !!

Jessica36
Jessica36 6 years ago

Cool

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks kay, glad you enjoyed the video. Thank you Perils and Meredith.

MeredithNudo
MeredithNudo 6 years ago

Wow...what a lucky find! Beautiful colors.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

cute. Another treasure in your very own backyard.

kaybaxie
kaybaxie 6 years ago

I used to see these at my grandparents house. We would call them "fox squirrels". Very pretty, thanks for the video!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Mayra.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Lat: 43.07, Long: -79.09

Spotted on Jul 2, 2012
Submitted on Jul 3, 2012

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