Author Topic: Black Squirrels  (Read 1079 times)

Sir Tifiable

Black Squirrels
« on: March 11, 2009, 01:38:54 pm »
Just seen one. I had no idea such a creature existed, but a quick Wiki search tells me they are quite common, albeit in the south of England, having descended from zoo escapees there.


Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 03:29:02 pm »

They occur in a number of other places, can be due to melanism as wel as various sports

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Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009, 03:36:14 pm »

They occur in a number of other places, can be due to melanism as wel as various sports

Yes - we saw a black "red" squirrel in France somewhere.  I think the ones here are mostly melanistic greys

You get white/albino sports as well.

Sir Tifiable

Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 04:59:35 pm »
White squirrels too? Very rare?

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Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 06:06:23 pm »
We saw a black shqrl in Franconia last summer. It ran across the road in front of me and disappeared into what looked like mourners arriving for a wake. Shpooky.
Having seen a red a couple of hours earlier I assume it was a dark variant of the red.
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Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2009, 12:07:42 am »
White squirrels too? Very rare?

Red squirrels bleach to very pale brown if they are in the sun a lot.

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Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009, 12:15:56 am »
Baldock has black squirrels.


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Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009, 12:18:41 am »
So does Girton College.
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Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009, 12:20:59 am »
So does Girton College.

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Re: Black Squirrels
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009, 08:28:42 am »
Baldock has black squirrels.




Yes, the Wikipedia page said there are as many blacks as greys around Letchworth. Genetic tags suggest they are American black squirrels which escaped from a local zoo.