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Can You Guess It?? Feature

This page was updated on September 16, 2007

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The Can You Guess It?? photo shown above is featured in the October 2007 Nebline Newsletter

ANSWER: A "black squirrel"

About the Photo:

Large tree squirrels found in this area include fox (Sciurus niger), eastern gray (Sciurus carolinensis).

Fox squirrels measure 18 to 27 inches from nose to tip of tail. They weigh about 1 3/4 pounds to 2 1/4 pounds. Color varies greatly, from all black in Florida to silver gray with a white belly in Maryland. They are generally larger than the Eastern gray squirrel.

Eastern gray squirrels are also variable in color. Some have a distinct reddish cast to their gray coat. Black ones are common in some northern parts of their range. Eastern gray squirrels measure 16 to 20 inches. They weigh from 1 1/4 pounds to 1 3/4 pounds

The black squirrel in the photo above is a color variation. We typically see squirrels that are reddish color, or reddish grey - but sometimes a black squirrel is born into a litter.

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