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Updated on January 6, 2015

Squirrels and Bird Feeders

Squirrels are hard to keep out of bird feeders. As a result, our back yard is populated by lots of fat squirrels.


"About Fox Squirrels

"Fox Squirrel

"The fox squirrel, also known as Sciurus niger, is the only species of squirrel – of tree squirrel, specifically – which makes its home in the wide, wide Great Plains. The fox squirrel gets its name due coloring, which some people refer to as ‘rufous’. That is basically a color that incorporates strong shades of red along with undertones of orange and a yellowish kind of pink. To be sure, in color and more, the fox squirrel is certainly one of a kind. Not only does it thrive in the Great Plains, the fox squirrel can also be found in the eastern portion of the United States. It is notably absent from New England, however. It is well represented closer to the west coast as well, especially in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington State, and California.

"Fox squirrels live in close proximity to grey squirrels, otherwise known as Sciurus carolinensis. Their habitats overlap the most in the eastern portion of the Great Plains, which has a lot more forest and vegetation. If you cannot tell them apart by the colors of their upper bodies, their underbellies should make it quite easy: grey squirrels have white underbellies, while fox squirrels have reddish orange colored underbellies. Furthermore, fox squirrels themselves, however, appear to prefer locations where the trees are rather farther apart.

"Fox squirrels particularly love walnut trees. In fact, walnuts are among their favorite foods, along with pecans and acorns. Fox squirrels are typical squirrels in that they gather as many nuts as they can when they come across them, and bury them safely in the ground. They come back to dig up the nuts later, when they get hungry. In this way, as it happens, fox squirrels are a terrific source of “reforestation,” if you will, because a lot of the time they never find the nuts they have buried. This, of course, leads to the growth of new nut trees.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good to hear from you Rik. You haven't been seen in Detroit for several years! I'll buy you a few fire-brewed Stroh's beers next time you're here.

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      Rik Ravado 6 years ago from England

      Nice pictures! Our UK grey squirrels are just as fat! They are all over the garden at present. The North American grey squirrels have relegated our native, dainty red squirrels to living only on off shore islands.

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      Chicken butt 7 years ago

      Ohhh!!! So cute!!! I just wanna eat it!!! What a little fuz ball!!

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      squirrelhead 8 years ago

      I used to put jars of peanut butter for my squirrels, they got to fat and couldnt escape predators to good. My cat left me one as a gift outside my door with its head eaten off. He was pretty fresh, thought about cooking it up but didnt, my dad says corn fed squirrels tast the best. I wouldnt kill a squirrel, I love them to much. Raised many an orphaned squirrel in my day, pure love

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      hammy man 8 years ago

      thats one fat squerel

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      Ralph Deeds 9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Especially in the South, lots of people hunt and eat squirrels. I don't shoot the ones in my back yard. The last time I hunted squirrels was 50-some years ago. I don't think I could bring myself to shoot a squirrel any longer. Now I just shoot pictures of them.

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      squirrel lover 9 years ago

      i love squirrels and the person before me i got something to say to you. If you love squirrels why would you eat them?

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      Ralph Deeds 9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment. I like squirrells, too. And I too hunted and ate squirrels as a kid growing up in Louisiana.

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      Vincent K 9 years ago

      I have been on a lot of sites about squirrels, and this is the first one that does'nt have any thing bad to say about them.Its nice to know some people still care about the little guys. You can't help but to like them.Don't get me wrong I've squirreled hunted for 25 years, but now I have roscow, I think I'm going to stop.She's a great companion more than I could have asked for.

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      moonlake 10 years ago from America

      We have lots of squirrels too. Stop over and see our strange looking squirrel. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Detroit 10 years ago


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      brittany 10 years ago

      love em

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      Ralph Deeds 10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good idea. We're feeding them a lot anyway.

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      Kim 10 years ago

      Ralph, do like I do give them ther own feeder. I love to watch the birds, but I also like to watch the Squirrles. I have new pictures of Stumpy.

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      Ralph Deeds 10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan


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      Kim 10 years ago

      Great pictures. I also have a Fat ass that I feed. Also, I have a Squirrel that lost most of her tail, and she will come when called (Stumpy). She is also very spoiled.

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      lindsey 11 years ago

      Cute pics...however, i have a fox squirrel, he is far from fat...but he is very spoiled, all he will eat is chicken nuggets and fish sticks! weird huh??

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      lala 11 years ago

      can you get some information on their niche

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      Ralph Deeds 11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice pictures Ralph. I'll have to try some squirrel shots as well.


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      RD 11 years ago

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      That's a good camera, the color is rich and true. The squirrels remind me of the Bush Administration with the birdfood representing our civil liberties!

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      Joma 11 years ago

      Wow, great pictures. They are pretty chubby.

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      Iðunn 11 years ago

      :nice: too cute!

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      Ralph Deeds 11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan


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      James Paterson 11 years ago from Scotland

      stunning pictures Ralph i love them.....jimmy

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      discojunkia 11 years ago from penhold

      love the photos


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