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 Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)




Douglas' Squirrel | Tamiasciurus douglasii photo
Douglas Squirrel. Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photograph by Michael Scheltgen. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Douglas' Squirrel | Tamiasciurus douglasii photo
Douglas' Squirrel - look at that red underside

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Douglas' Squirrel | Tamiasciurus douglasii photo
Douglas Squirrel. Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photograph by Michael Scheltgen. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

DOUGLAS' SQUIRREL FACTS

Description
Douglas squirrels have distinct summer and winter coats. The summer coat is reddish-brown or grayish-brown above, and light to dark orange underneath, sometimes with white areas. The tail is broad and bushy. The upper side of the tail is the same color as the back with a black tip. The underside of the tail is reddish-brown in the center, bordered by black with pale orange or white at the sides. Adult squirrels have a black stripe along the sides. The winter coat is more gray with less orange color on the underside. Northern populations have ear tufts in winter.

Size
Length: 27cm - 35cm. Tail length: 10cm - 16cm. Weight 140g - 310g.

Environment
mainly coniferous forests. They build a nest in a tree, made of twigs, moss, lichen and bark. In winter, they often nest in tree holes or underground.

Food
Douglas squirrels eat a wide range of foods with pine seeds forming a large part of their diet. Other foods eaten include fruit, fungi, bark, twigs, sap, leaves, buds, nuts, insects. Occasionally eat birds eggs and young birds.

Breeding
One to eight young (average five) are born after a gestation period of 36- 40 days. Young are born blind and without hair. They are weaned after six to nine weeks.

Range
found along the Pacific coast of North America - south west British Columbia in Canada, northern California, western Oregon, western Washington

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Tamiasciurus
Species:douglasii
Common Name:Douglas' Squirrel


Relatives in same Genus
  Red Squirrel (T. hudsonicus)