Wild Florida Photo - Sciurus niger

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Sciurus niger

  var.  shermani


Florida native

Florida Species of Special Concern

This rare tree squirrel can be found in sandhills, floatwoods and other habitats with scattered pines and oaks throughout most of the peninsula north of the Caloosahatchee River on the west coast and from Miami-Dade County northward on the east coast. The range extends west to between the Aucilla River to the Apalachicola River in Florida and north into central Georgia.
Noticeably larger than the common gray squirrels, Sherman's fox squirrels have highly variable body coloring, with the head usually black, ears and muzzle often white.
Sciurus niger shermani is a species of special concern due to habitat loss. They seem to prefer and thrive when the natural fire frequency keeps their habitats more open. Big Cypress, or mangrove, fox squirrels - S. niger avicennia - are a threatened species of southwest Florida. Southern fox squirrels - S. niger niger - are found in the Florida panhandle, ranging through the coastal plain and piedmont regions of the southeastern United States.

Sciurus niger is a member of the Sciuridae - Squirrels family.

Other species of the Sciurus genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Sciurus carolinensis - EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL

For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory field guide entry for this species (pdf)

Date record last modified:
Feb 06, 2010