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    The colo(u)r of your city's squirrels

    Buffalo doesn't have fireflies, but it has squirrels in great abundance. Most of the city's squirrels are fat critters, with gray fur.

    When I first visited Toronto as a child, I noticed that the city's squirrels had fur that was almost jet black. It was the squirrels that made me realize I was truly in a foreign country.
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    When I lived in Washington, DC the squirrels generally were gray. But in the area around the State Department (Foggy Bottom) black squirrels predominated. I figure there was a localized breeding population in which the gene for black fur was strongly present.

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    Olney Illinois has white squirrels.
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    The squirrels here are grey, and I occasionally see red squirrels.

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    Eastern grays here, but a county out in the western part of the state is well known for their large population of white ones.
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    The squirrels in Newark are grey. The squirrels in Princeton are black. I guess that's like a foreign country. They have a web page http://www.princetonblacksquirrel.co...ge_title=About
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    When I lived in Michigan we had black, red and grey squirrels. I had never seen all three colors of squirrels in on yard.
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    The west side of Detroit had brown squirrels while the east side had black ones. I am using the past tense as the black squirrels have seemed to migrate and now you see more of these skinny black squirrels on the west side than you see brown squirrels.
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    The squirrels around here are yellowish, but that could just be the seasoning I'm using.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Olney Illinois has white squirrels.
    I was going to mention this. Haven't seen them but read about them. Squirrels in Chicago are your standard gray.

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    The west side of Detroit had brown squirrels while the east side had black ones. I am using the past tense as the black squirrels have seemed to migrate and now you see more of these skinny black squirrels on the west side than you see brown squirrels.
    Please don't tell me that white squirrels used to be dominant in Detroit, but now most can be found only north of Eight Mile, where there happen to be very few black squirrels. Except in Southfield.
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    We have fluffy brown squirrels. I love them.
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    Grey, although the flying squirrels tend towards brown.
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    During my time in West Michigan, I never saw a black squirrel. Definitely prevalent on the east side of Detroit. Up in Port Huron, black squirrels all over the place.
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    The squirrels in my neighborhood are almost all the brown or red squirrels with a few black squirrels mixed in. If I go about two blocks further east where the neighborhoods are considerably more dense, the squirrels most of the squirrels are grey ones. If I go down to the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit I notice nearly all the squirrels are the thin black ones. Yesterday we were in Port Huron and the golf course we were at had black squirrels running around everywhere.

    I've always found it interesting how the squirrels seem to really segregate themselves.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    During my time in West Michigan, I never saw a black squirrel. Definitely prevalent on the east side of Detroit. Up in Port Huron, black squirrels all over the place.
    There are of black squirrels around here and Marshall, but not where I live which is 30 miles south. Those ones are brown.

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    Mostly red / brown around here, but I'd like to paint one fuscia.
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    I've never seen anything but grey around here.

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    About 50/50 brown and black. An odd thing 40 years ago all the squirrels were brown. I remember seeing a black squirrel maybe 25 years ago and thinking it an oddity
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    Predominantly eastern greys, but the occasional brown one can be glimpsed.

    Apparently, the squirrels in Denmark are exclusively white. When my mother emigrated here in '46, one thing her mother tried to use to persuade her to stay was to tell her how dirty America was. Mom had wanderlust and came anyway. Shortly after her ship arrived in New York, she saw her first American squirrel: an eastern grey, and thought 'Gee, it really is dirty -- the squirrels are filthy!'
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    According to Wiki, we've got eastern grey, fox and flying squirrels. Considering the snakes, coyotes and other carnivors here, our squirrels must had mad ninja skills.
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    In Dallas we have the Eastern Fox Squirrel which is grey (gray) on it's back and has a rust colored (coloured) underside. At my country place about an hour east of Dallas, we also have those but we also get a black variation that come from the woods across the road and another species called cat squirrels which a significantly smaller and are grey with a white underbelly and have white tufts on their ears. We do not have the little red squirrels that are common in SW Michigan.
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    Almost all squirrels found in cities of Montana are imported Eastern Grey Squirrels. Outside the cities there are several species of ground squirrels, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and marmots.

    The Richardson's Ground Squirrels are very common. They have a peculiar habit of standing by the side of the road and running across when a car gets near. As a result, they are the most common type of road kill. I call them "Suicide Squirrels."
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    Almost all squirrels found in cities of Montana are imported Eastern Grey Squirrels. Outside the cities there are several species of ground squirrels, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and marmots.

    The Richardson's Ground Squirrels are very common. They have a peculiar habit of standing by the side of the road and running across when a car gets near. As a result, they are the most common type of road kill. I call them "Suicide Squirrels."
    Might those be what we often refer to around here as "Pot Guts"? The behavior you describe would lead me to believe so.
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    Inside of town here they are mostly the gray variety of the Eastern Grey Squirrel. Fox squirrels are around but mostly out in the country. Up in North Central Iowa, where I grew up they were mostly fox squirrels the red ones. The town where my mom lives up there, there is a population of black fox squirrels. The flying squirrels occur around here but are rarely seen since they are nocturnal.
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