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Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
Sherman's Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani). Glades County, Florida
Photograph by Vincent P Lucas. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Delmarva Fox Squirrel
Photograph by W.H Julian, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL FACTSDescription
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.
length 45cm - 70cm
deciduous and mixed forest
Eat a wide variety of food including nuts and seeds. Also eats insects, carrion and bird eggs.
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.
eastern and central United States, northern Mexico, and southern parts of eastern Canada.
Relatives in same Genus
Abert's Squirrel (S. aberti)
Eastern Gray Squirrel (S. carolinensis)
Western Gray Squirrel (S. griseus)