Eastern Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrels are really pretty and a little bigger than Gray Squirrels.  They also like deciduous trees, but prefer areas where there is more open space beneath them.

 Curiously, the Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) does not range much into Canada.  Kurta says that there is a small, introduced populuation on Pelee Island in Lake Erie, and another small population in southern Manitoba.

Eastern Fox Squirrel by LucyCat
Total Length
: 20-23  inches
Tail Length: 9-10 inches
Weight: 25-39 ounces
Average Lifespan:  1-2 years

Fox squirrels eat  the buds, flowers and fruits of maple, elm, willow and other trees, berries, grapes and cherries, and the occasional grub, caterpillar, egg, or young bird.

Like the Gray Squirrel, Fox Squirrels scatter hoard nuts in preparation for winter.  Whereas the Grays retrieve up to 85% of the stored nuts, Fox Squirrels are reported to retrieve 99% of their winter cache.

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7 thoughts on “Eastern Fox Squirrel

  1. Wow – never seen one of these. I’m guessing they don’t range this far south. I’ll have to look for them if I head north – they look impressive. Nice picture!

  2. Jenn, your photo makes this squirrel look a bit like a marmot – not that I’ve seen marmots in trees. 🙂 I used to see marmots when I traveled through the forests of the Rocky Mountains when I lived in Colorado. I may have seen a few in the Sierras, too. But anyway, this eastern fox squirrel reminds me of days gone by.

  3. I live in Manitoba, about 120 miles north west of Winnipeg, and I’ve had these fellows in my yard for the last 3 years, don’t know how they got here, we’re very rural.

  4. I live in Manitoba, about 120 miles north west of Winnipeg, and I’ve had these fellows in my yard for the last 3 years, don’t know how they would have gotten here as we are very rural!

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