A (RARELY SEEN) FOX SQUIRREL IN GLOUCESTER MASSACHUSETTS??

Rare for Massachusetts that is. This afternoon a very unusual colored squirrel briefly stopped by our garden. He sat atop the fence post, had a quick snack from our neighbor’s black privet berries, then departed as quickly as he arrived. At first glance I thought he was a Red Squirrel, but he was much, much too big. Next thought, perhaps a melanistic Gray Squirrel. Or perhaps a Gray and an American Red (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) had interbred, but that isn’t possible. However, I did learn a Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and a Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) can interbreed. But possibly what we have here is an actual Fox Squirrel, which would be quite uncommon for Massachusetts. I am still researching this. If any of our readers has seen a Fox Squirrel in Massachusetts, please write and let us know. Thank you in advance.

Eating privet berries

Fox Squirrels are diurnal, which means they feed during the day. This little guy stopped by for a snack at about 1:30 in the afternoon. Conversely, Eastern Gray Squirrels are crepuscular, which means they are more active during the early and late hours of the day.

In this year of tree squirrel super abundance, I wonder, too if that could possibly be an explanation for an appearance by a Fox Squirrel; perhaps expanding its territory in search of food.

The coat of a Fox Squirrel comes in many colors, from nearly all black to rust, tawny gold, and gray combinations–like a fox. Gray Squirrels are mostly gray with white bellies. The average size of a Gray Squirrel is 9.1 – 12 inches; the average size of a Fox Squirrel is 10 to 15 inches.

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Mystery visitor

4 thoughts on “A (RARELY SEEN) FOX SQUIRREL IN GLOUCESTER MASSACHUSETTS??

  1. I lived on High street court in Rockport for 13 years. There were strange looking squirrels there that I had always assumed were a cross between a grey squirrel and a red squirrel.

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  2. Thanks Kim!! Yes indeed and love it when they fill up the gums puffy and go bury or hiding mission. At apartment complex in Colorado the wife had a friend who would come up and tap on the sliding glass door to living room waiting for peanuts raw and other nuts came every day like clockwork and even hopped into living room one day when cold and windy in out to bury back in to get…Dave 🙂 & Kim 🙂

    P.S. Has a fire place would move toward heat some too. We all had that favorite bird or squirrel local dog or cat come by to say hello including Mr. racoon from time to time.

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