EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL

Eastern Fox Squirrel
Photo by Bob Gress

 

Eastern Fox Squirrel
Sciurus niger

Measurements:
Total Length: 18-28 inches
Tail Length: 7-13 inches
Weight: 1-3 pounds

  • Comments:   Eastern fox squirrels have fox-like, bushy tails with orange fringe and reddish-orange fur. They are larger than eastern gray squirrels and spend more time on the ground. Several nests of leaves may be constructed in forked branches high in trees and used for resting or rearing their young. During winter they prefer nests in hollow trees. Their behavior, reproduction and longevity are similar to gray squirrels.
  • Distribution:   The range of eastern fox squirrels is from northeast Mexico through the eastern half of the United States into south-central Canada. They are common in oak-hickory woodlands and wooded parks and neighborhoods throughout Kansas.
  • Food:   They feed on nuts, seeds, berries, buds and insects. Occasionally they eat bird eggs and nestlings.

For more information, see the GPNC portrait page for the Eastern Fox Squirrel.

Other Kansas Rodents

AMERICAN BEAVER ORD'S KANGAROO RAT 13-LINED GROUND SQUIRREL
WOODCHUCK EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL SOUTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL
PRAIRIE VOLE EASTERN CHIPMUNK BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE DOG
DEER MOUSE PLAINS POCKET GOPHER NORTHERN GRASSHOPPER MOUSE
EASTERN WOODRAT HISPID COTTON RAT WESTERN HARVEST MOUSE
COMMON MUSKRAT HISPID POCKET MOUSE NORTH AMERICAN PORCUPINE

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