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Black Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

Description:

Just a color variation on the common gray squirrel

Habitat:

Can be found wherever you see gray squirrels.

Notes:

I spotted this guy in the early Fall. He was just chilling in my backyard

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4 Comments

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

I used to feed a black squirrel in the 60's in Washington DC.

Teresa2
Teresa2 10 years ago

That is a really good picture

racoonacon1236
racoonacon1236 10 years ago

wow. you seem to know a lot about squirrels.

Latimeria
Latimeria 10 years ago

Interestingly enough, the black morph might have been the most common form before the Industrial Revolution --more forest and shade was an advantage. However, once more forests were felled and as more light gaps were propagated, being dark stood out more. Those squirrels were more likely to be eaten, so the gray/brown forms started to become more common.

racoonacon1236
Spotted by
racoonacon1236

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Feb 24, 2011
Submitted on Feb 24, 2011

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