Sciurus-niger

The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger), also known as the eastern fox squirrel or Bryant’s fox squirrel, is the biggest tree squirrel species in North America, running about a third larger than the eastern gray (Sciurus carolinensis).

We don’t have these in eastern Pennsylvania, so I was fascinated by them on a recent weekend visit to Michigan.  Their range covers all of the central and southeast US and small adjacent areas in Canada and Mexico

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Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani)

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel is found in the Southeastern US in Longleaf Pine forest. The Sherman’s Fox Squirrel is a fire dependent species. It is only found in areas that have frequent fires to maintain the pine flatwood ecosystem the squirrel is adapted to survive in. Fire suppression and habitat loss have lead to a decline in their population. 

Osceola National Forest, FL