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 Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)




Eastern Fox Squirrel | Sciurus niger photo
Sherman's Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani). Glades County, Florida

Photograph by Vincent P Lucas. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Eastern Fox Squirrel | Sciurus niger photo
Delmarva Fox Squirrel

Photograph by W.H Julian, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL FACTS

Description
Eastern Fox Squirrels are a medium-sized tree squirrel. The fur is buff to orange above and reddish on the underside. Black forms are found in the south eastern United States. The tail is furry. They have ear tufts in winter. Fox Squirrels have sharp recurved claws for climbing trees.

Size
length 45cm - 70cm

Environment
deciduous and mixed forest

Food
Eat a wide variety of food including nuts and seeds. Also eats insects, carrion and bird eggs.

Breeding
One to six (average three) young are born after a gestation period of 44 days. Young are born naked and are weaned after 8 weeks.

Range
eastern and central United States, northern Mexico, and southern parts of eastern Canada.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Sciurus
Species:niger
Common Name:Eastern Fox Squirrel


Relatives in same Genus
  Abert's Squirrel (S. aberti)
  Eastern Gray Squirrel (S. carolinensis)
  Western Gray Squirrel (S. griseus)