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Eastern Fox Squirrel

Sciurus niger

Description:

Very tame squirrel in the Golden Gate Park

Habitat:

Golden Gate Park

Notes:

Heard they were introduced for hunting during the Gold Rush

1 Species ID Suggestions

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Sciurus carolinensis


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11 Comments

GeoffreyPalmer
GeoffreyPalmer 8 years ago

Hey there! So, I think this is actually an eastern gray squirrel. They were introduced to the Bay Area and although eastern fox squirrels have also been introduced to California, their head is more boxy in shape and their coloration pattern differs slightly. Gray squirrels typically have a white belly while most introduced populations of fox squirrels have an orangish belly. There are some other differences if you compare the tail and face between the two species.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

and thanks to your site, I'd my azure. Thanks!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

You'll find it is a friendly bunch. I was checking out your spottings... all those years I was butterfly watching(and collecting) why did I never see a pipevine swallowtail?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

Welcome to PN.

Liam OBrien
Liam OBrien 8 years ago

Thanks Karen. I'm new to this site and you are my first communication.
Thanks for your kind words... And help with my squirrels.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Nice site by the way... I never even heard of the green hair streak! And I love hair streaks. That is ever so cool.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

I lived in the Bay area for a short while - went to Del Mar high in Campbell(that goes back a ways) and moved to Oregon 20 years ago to get away from the So Cal sprawl, smog and traffic. We have very few butterflies, which is sad as that was what got me hooked on nature as a young girl

Liam OBrien
Liam OBrien 8 years ago

I'm a lepidopterist trying to expand my knowledge of the rest of nature.
Check out my website: www.sfbutterfly.com

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

We're all always working on something! I had only learned about the fox squirrels last year and did some research. I saw a couple in Eugene, Oregon, and saw a spotting from the bay area of one. It piqued my interest in them.

I have a special love for out of area animals(regardless of whether man helped or not) and even stared a mission for them in the pacific northwest, as we're getting more and more "tropical" bird sightings up here


Liam OBrien
Liam OBrien 8 years ago

Thanks Karen. Working on my mammals.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Are you sure its not a fox squirrel? I know I've seen western greys in GG park... but never one with the bit of red/brown

Liam OBrien
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Liam OBrien

San Francisco, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 18, 2013
Submitted on Jul 13, 2013

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