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Eastern fox squirrel information, facts - classicanimal

Eastern fox squirrel is a tree squirrel species native to North America. It is the largest species of tree squirrel in the world. It is a member of the rodent family. They are mostly habitat on the large trees. But they are also spending their time on the ground as compared to other tree squirrel species. They usually eat fruits, roots, bird eggs. 

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Their scientific name is Sciurus niger. They are also known as fox squirrel, Bryant's fox squirrel.

Common Name: Eastern fox squirrel
Scientific Name: Sciurus niger


Eastern fox squirrels belong to the family Sciuridae and the genus of Sciurus. It is a species of the tree squirrel. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurus
Species: S. niger
Group: Mammal
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Eastern fox squirrel is found in North America. They are habitats such as forests, gardens.

Living Locations: North America
Habitat: Forest


Eastern fox squirrel is a medium-sized squirrel species and its whole body cover with short fur. They have grey or black-colored fur on it's back and orange-colored fur on their belly with a long black color tail. Males are larger than females. An adult length around 38 cm to 53 cm. Their weight around 800 g to 1.1 kg. They can run at speed of up to 32 km/h.

Color: Black, Grey
Weight: 800 g to 1.1 kg (Approx)
Size: 38 cm to 53 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 32 km/h (Approx)


Eastern fox squirrel is mainly part of the Omnivore diet, which means they eat plants and meat both.  Mostly they eat nuts and seeds. But they mostly eat fruits, buds, flowers, bark, twigs, sap, fungi, corns, birds eggs, insects, beetles.

Diet: Omnivore
Favorite Food: Fruits, Nuts, Seeds, Buds, Corns, Insects


Eastern fox squirrel has some natural predators like eaglesbobcats, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, hawks, owls, snakes.

Predators: Eagles, Foxes, Raccoons, Snakes


Their lifespan up to 20 years in the wild. Eastern fox squirrel is a diurnal and solitary animal. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 20 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 10 to 11 months males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the gestation period lasts around 44 days and born three babies in a breeding season. The young are called pups. Those young spend 12 to 14 weeks with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 10 to 11 Months
Gestation Period: 44 Days
Average Litter Size: 3
Baby called: Pup
Age of Weaning: 12 to 14 Weeks




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