Is it a fox squirrel?
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Is it a fox squirrel?

Charline

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Initially I thought it was a red squirrel, but it didn't have the ear tufts.


Is it a fox squirrel? https://charline.pixels.com/featured/so-hungry-a-squirrel-charline-xia.html


Does a fox squirrel interbreed with a grey?


I have photographed a number of different squirrels lately. Didn't know they look so different.


thouc

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Looks like a normal red squirrel to me.


As far as I know, the only place you can find fox squirrels in Ontario is Pelee Island. They are larger than gray squirrels.


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Charline

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Looks like a normal red squirrel to me.


As far as I know, the only place you can find fox squirrels in Ontario is Pelee Island. They are larger than gray squirrels.


/Thomas


Thomas, you are right! I read that the fox squirrel should be a lot bigger. Thanks!


The previous animal was definitely a small one. I wonder where the ear tufts go.


Please take a look at this one below, which has a brown chest. Does it mean that it is an interbreed between grey and fox? I just find them very perplexing....


https://charline.pixels.com/featured/fox-squirrel-hybrid-or-not-charline-xia.html


lovemypt

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2nd pic still an Eastern Grey Squirrel as well,  in spring and fall when they change their coats, you will see alot of variation in colouring.  Grey squirrel has 2 colour variations, grey and black, your just seeing more of the black variation gene showing up in this one


Charline

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Lovempt, thank you so much! Great to know!