|The most adorable thing I've ever seen.|
|One of DC's "white" grey squirrels.|
|One of the melanistic squirrels on campus.|
Around here, we have an abundance of Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in a variety of different colors. We have the standard grey variety (that actually range in color between a reddish brown and true grey), but also melanistic and white morphs. But the Sciuridae, or squirrel "family", is comprised of many other types of rodents as well. Along with the tree squirrels, you'll find prairie dogs, ground squirells, marmots, flying squirells, and chipmunks. Keen eyes, bushy tails, and big cheeks, all these critters deserve a little recognition today. So the next time you see a squirrel, say "hello" with a tail-flick, and wish it well. Or better yet, Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!
|Clockwise from top: A groundhog (Marmota monax), Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus), and black-tailed prarie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus).|