Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eastern Gray Squirrel that isn't

You know those "hmm" moments when something is not quite right? I had one while peering out my window the other day. Take a look at this squirrel...

We do not have American Red Squirrels in my town - though they aren't far, this is not one. We have Eastern Gray Squirrels, and nothing more. But this "gray" squirrel is clearly much closer to being a brown one. They can certainly have some brown in their fur, but this was above and beyond the norm. So what do you think is going on here? Connecticut has a bundle of odd squirrels that seem very popular and are sometimes a source of pride - do you have melanistic black ones? Or albinistic white ones? We have some of those, but definitely no brown ones. Or at least until now.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

Photo © Scott Kruitbosch

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