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Eastern Gray Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis


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.




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)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 7 years ago

Thanks Lizzy! I think so too.

Annelies 7 years ago

Amazing spotting! His coloring is astonishing!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thank you Pradeep and Joel.

JoeHartman 8 years ago

Nice pics, lovely animal!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 8 years ago

Wow very beautiful!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Adarsha and Jack. Thanks for the support.

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 8 years ago

Wow! Very cool. This deserves SOTD!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

How adorable :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 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 8 years ago


doreen.chambers.14 8 years ago

Very beautiful.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

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

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

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

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

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

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 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 9 years ago

i adore albinos and leucistics. they are extraordinary!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Jessica and Sandra!

SandraPereira 9 years ago

Wow !!

Jessica36 9 years ago


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

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

MeredithNudo 9 years ago

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

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

cute. Another treasure in your very own backyard.

kaybaxie 9 years ago

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

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Mayra.

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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

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