Partial albino squirrel

catherinet(5 IN)March 11, 2007

Hi all,

I'm sorry I don't have a pic of this. I was looking out my window to the woods today, and I saw something running around that was white. I got my binocs, and saw that it was probably a red squirrel with a totally white tail! I've read that albino animals usually get killed off by predators more easily, and I can believe it. I could see it running all over the place because of its whiteness.

I hope I can get a pic of it sometime, but its pretty far off.

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youreit

Albinism must be pretty common in squirrels, considering the reports of them here in the past, and CT's recent one on the Bird Sightings thread. Although, just Googling it, it appears the rate is 1 in 100,000. I hope your squirrel makes it, Catherine!

Brenda

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 9:56AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I've been seeing a squirrel with a white tail for the past 3 or 4 summers. I doubt I'll see him again if indeed it was the same one. How long do they live? There was another with a white patch. Maybe their genes will match up in the pool again and produce another oddity. Sandy

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 4:02PM
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jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

I had an all-white squirrel (not totally albino as it had black eyes) a couple of years ago. It was extremely skiddish, can't really blame it as it did stick out like a sore thumb! I only saw it for one summer.

There are some college campuses that compete for the largest white squirrel populations. That would be something to see!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 8:30PM
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youreit

Some local news here about these little darlings. Stuck in ol' Lodi again. :D

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: White Squirrel Sighting in Lodi

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 10:20AM
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pikecoe(9)

Squirrels can live at least 17 years in captivity. I think I read somewhere they live about 7 years in the wild. Reminds me of the white alligators that were found down in Louisanna some years ago. There were a couple of them at the aquarium there in New Orleans and I got to see them. They sent them to various places to live when they found them, because they knew they would not survive in the wild. Really interesting. Glenda

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 3:37PM
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ccoombs1(7B SC)

Our regular gray squirrels are always gray, but we also have fox squirrels around here and they show up in a lot of different colors. In most places, fox squirrels are gray but in SC they are usually black with white markings, but some have been seen that are mostly white. I have not been lucky enough to spot a white one yet.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 11:35AM
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goodkarma_(5b)

How cool is that. I would love to have seen that squirrel. We had big red squirels that were replaced by grey squirels. Now the black more aggressive squirels are starting to take hold.

Lisa

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 2:43PM
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