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Mammal Tracks and Sign

Grey Squirrel

 

TRACKS

 


Photo by Alexis Burnett

Grey Squirrel tracks in snow; direction of travel is "up."

Grey Squirrels are bounders, and in their normal bounding travel their rear feet actually come up in front of their front feet.

In this photo, the rear feet are larger -- they are above (ahead of) the front feet, which are smaller.

 

This squirrel paused at the edge here before moving on.

 

A nice set of Grey Squirrel tracks across my front porch one winter's day.

The squirrel in this case is traveling away from the camera.

 

One set of tracks from the series in the preceding photograph.

 

A set of tracks in fresh snow in the wild, with a tape measure to show their size.

 

In deep snow a squirrel's body will leave a trough as it has to struggle to get through the snow.

 

A set of bounding tracks in deep snow.

 

 

THE ANIMAL

 

A typical Grey Squirrel

 

Grey Squirrels can also be completely black. These "Black Squirrels" are the same species as the grey coloured ones.

 

In the Niagara Glen there is a race of Grey Squirrels with unusual colouring. Their bodies are chocolate brown with blonde tails.

I have heard that there are blonde ones in Kingston, Ontario.

 

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