Friday, 16 April 2010
Black Squirrel, Brown Tail
Out of the squirrel population of the United States and Canada perhaps only one in ten thousand is black. However, this is not a separate species in itself. It is in fact a sub-group of the grey squirrel and, little by little their numbers are growing. In fact in some areas they outnumber the greys. However, this black coloring is not a recent trend among the squirrel community – research indicates that in the days before the European settlement of the America the black squirrel was probably much more numerous than the grey.
The question is – how did it get like this? Does anyone know? It seems to be a combination of both colour. Answers in the comment section please!