Sherman's Fox Squirrel. Osceola Co. FL 3 Nov 2021

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A c M Contributing Member • Posts: 565
Re: Sherman's Fox Squirrel. Osceola Co. FL 3 Nov 2021

A c M wrote:

Blufftonian wrote:

A c M wrote:

Interesting to see species new to me. All we have in central Texas are Ground Squirrels and the Eastern (Red) Fox Squirrel. I enjoyed view both sets of photos!

Current thinking is that these geographic variations/subspecies of fox squirrels, like Mangrove, Sherman's, Southeastern, Bachman's, Big Cypress, Bryant's, etc. are all the same species and should be simply classified as sciurus niger or Eastern Fox Squirrel.

Fox squirrels live in most of the eastern half of the US and into Canada although they are missing from New England. Their coloration varies widely although western ones tend to show more red in their coats while southern ones tend more to grey and black. There are also solid black individuals.

I found those photos you posted of the S.C. Fox squirrel very interesting for the distinctive black and white coloration.  I hope you didn't take an offensive since I responded to only one of the two threads I saw on Fox Squirrels.  I don't post much on here (or on any social media) and I apologize for any violations of protocol.

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