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Common Name: Fox Squirrel




Scientific Name:
Sciurus niger  

Woodlands, but spends considerable time on the ground.

Mostly herbivorous—nuts, tree seeds and buds, fruit, fungi, and, uncommonly, bird eggs and young birds.

Interesting Facts:
One squirrel may bury hundreds or even thousands of nuts. Although many are found again, squirrels contribute heavily to the planting of new trees when unfound food caches sprout and grow.

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