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Interesting.  That’s one phase I haven’t seen.  If he’s big I might think gray/fox cross.  We have a couple black/fox cross that visit our yard.  Nice dark chocolate hues.

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couple pics from today. I would say at least half of the grays around here have some red in the tails. the red squirrel doesnt come to the feeders often.  the grays do too much. LOL wife texted me yesturday that she saw another black yesturday downtown. 

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So what a ya figure that causes the red tail ? I cant say I've seen any fox squirrels in tge area, but then again I haven't looked for em either..

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4 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

red and gray squirrels are not reproductively compatible

 

Did you catch anything that mentions fox and grays, yay or nay?

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1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

 

Did you catch anything that mentions fox and grays, yay or nay?

I think that would be possible myself......

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The Fox Squirrel (or Eastern Fox Squirrel) and the Gray Squirrel (also known the Eastern* Gray Squirrel) are rodents in the family Sciuridae. Their suborder, Sciurinae, includes other tree squirrels, as well as ground squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. There are 10 subspecies of Fox Squirrels and five of Gray Squirrels.

Fox Squirrels spend much of their time on the ground searching for food and prefer woodlands next to openings. They’re tolerant of prairie-type environments. Gray Squirrels prefer dense stands of trees. The two generally don’t share the same habitat, but when they do, they don’t interbreed. They have home territories of a few acres, where they spend their entire lives. You may have several squirrels living in your yard in overlapping territories.

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1 hour ago, eyeguy 54 said:

both gray and fox can have a black appear but not from hanky panky with each other in the trees. 

 

Dang.  Better story with the hanky panky but I’ll live. 😏

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3 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

both gray and fox can have a black appear but not from hanky panky with each other in the trees. 

Spose adoption is out of the question.😙  I had no idea that grays thru red /rustic tails. Shot many of em years ago but tgat was later in the year so i spose they had grew out of it.

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