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Old 01-07-2011, 03:58 AM   #1
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The black squirrel is a melanistic phase of a gray squirrel. This is nothing more than an unusual development of black or nearly black color in the pelage (coat of fur) occurring either as a characteristic of a variety or as an individual variation.
We have an abundant population of black squirrels where I live. Here are a few photos of black squirrels I took this past summer.

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:09 AM   #2
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Great photos! We have a tribe of black squirrels in my neighborhood, though they've not migrated to my street yet. In our old town across the river, we had white non-albino squirrels. I often wondered how they managed to survive given their increased visibility to predators.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:11 AM   #3
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Very Nice Pictures, The one on the bench is great. I see one frequently that lost half it's tail but his/her balance seems fine. Maybe it's just because of their age but the black ones seem a little smaller, Maybe because I'm comparing them to a Gray that really is much bigger then all the squirrels in the area. It's nice to have them around since about 15% of the nuts they bury they never find. That means at least a few oaks will sprout this spring.
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What's up with this one?
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There's a noticeable difference in its coloration.
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What's up with this one?
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There's a noticeable difference in its coloration.
Perhaps your multi colored squirrel is from a "mixed marriage?"
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:00 PM   #6
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Unless he's just wet and it's the underfur we're seeing.
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