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
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.
I was very lucky to see this this guy, a ranger told me there are only about 150 Delmarva squirrels on the refuge. Thankfully they were recently removed off of the endangered species list in November 2015 after spending 48 years on the list.