Sherman’s Fox Squirrel – Finally!

Sherman's Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger shermanii - Jeff Wendorff PhotographerI’ve seen these critters around Florida for years, well I guess glimpsed is a better term. The rare times that I do manage to see them they are skittering back up into there treetop homes… I actually though it was some kind of cat or escaped exotic, because they are huge. From tip of the nose to tip of the tail these squirrels can be almost 40 inches long and weigh over 2 pounds. To put that in perspective, that is 10 to 15 times bigger than the Grey Squirrels you commonly see.

Hopefully, I’ll get to see more of these really cool squirrels. They are not yet on the endangered species list, but the loss of their habitat makes this rather inevitable…BOO!

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I photographed the squirrel at Lake Panasoffkee in central Florida. You can see it here on the map. Good luck, and let me know if you “find” more squirrels.

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  1. Joe Lawler

    I just got back from a short motorcycle ride. I just saw a very large squirrel like animal cross the road. After a little research, I’m pretty sure it was a Sherman’s Fox Squirrel. It most mostly tan anda the tail was quite long and full. It crossed Curley road north of Rt 54 about a mile on the way to San Antonio. Usually I have my camera but not this time…I will look for it again. There are some longhorn cattle grazing in this area. Joe

  2. Larry Broecker

    I’m a schoolbus driver in Citrus co Florida. I see many squirrel on my route.Some fox squirrel.I have seen 2 odd colored ones. The first was a blonde one last year by our bus compound. The other was last week. It was almost all black. Its head,all four feet and legs,and tail were black. It’s back was slate gray. I was hoping to find pics of color phase fox squirrel on web,but so far no luck. Larry

  3. Susan white

    We have one of these squirrels living in a big oak tree I our front yard. He/she is so big, so very pretty!

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