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Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti)
Abert's Squirrel. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Photograph by G Dan Hutcheson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
ABERT'S SQUIRREL FACTSDescription
Abert's squirrel has long and broad ears that have prominent tufts in the winter coat. The tail is short and broad. The fur is mainly gray above with white underparts. It has a black line along the back. Abert's squirrels are diurnal and are active shortly before sunrise and return to their nests before sunset.
Head and body length: 46cm - 58cm. Tail length: 20cm - 26cm
coniferous forest habitats, especially ponderosa pine
bark, seeds, buds, and flowers of ponderosa pines. Also fungi, carrion, bones.
Three or four young are born after a gestation period of 43 days. The young are blind and naked when born, and are weaned at about ten weeks.
Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah in the United States. Also in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico.
Relatives in same Genus
Eastern Gray Squirrel (S. carolinensis)
Western Gray Squirrel (S. griseus)
Eastern Fox Squirrel (S. niger)