Rare Florida Fox Squirrel Sighting

Florida Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrels are rarely seen, and a species of special concern in Florida.  Currently the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is collecting data on fox squirrel sightings, and the public is invited to participate. We saw and submitted our sighting yesterday of a Fox Squirrel, Sherman subspecies, near Three Lakes.  Adult fox squirrels are over twice as large as Eastern grey squirrels – up to 2 1/2 feet long. The fox squirrel’s long body and low movement along the ground make it look like a fox or badger at first glance.  More info is at:  http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/fox-squirrel/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

13 Responses to Rare Florida Fox Squirrel Sighting

  1. contraryme says:

    Thanks for posting this! I used your link to add some sightings to the survey! I have seen a lot of these this year, didnt know what they were… and didn’t know they were rare! Tonight I will bring my camera!

  2. Debi Wyatt says:

    We had these squirrels in our yard at our bird feeder in Orlando, FL, in 1994, near the University of Central Florida. After all of the homes were built, they disappeared. They were as big as a thin house cat.

  3. Carolyn Reichert says:

    Stopped along 475 in Sumter County just north of SR44 when spotting a strange looking rodent. It was reddish brown with a bushy tail and white nose. Identified it as a fox squirrel when reviewing Florida rodents. First time to see a fox squirrel. What a thrill!

    • Pam says:

      How exciting! Really glad to hear about it! 🙂
      We didn’t know what to think when we first saw our fox squirrel. Didn’t make sense that a river otter might be where we saw it. They are a real treat to see!

  4. Elena De Bello says:

    We have it at Starkey Ranch in Odessa.

  5. edwin sandel says:

    We saw one in our backyard in callahan fla 4/06/2018 appox 10am. Black face light brown fur. He did not stick around long at all.

    • Pam says:

      That is so exciting! I have only seen one once in many years. Quite a beautiful animal. Lucky you, and thanks for telling me about it! Made my day!

      • CJay says:

        Here North of Ocala in Lowell, I have seen several, on the scenic roads near the Prison/Fire College..Just about every trip. It would be worth the drive
        If someone wished to see some.
        Early a.m. or after 4pm
        I’ll add pics in future👌

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