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Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti)
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Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti)

Description: Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti) are large, gray tree squirrels with long, bushy tails. The typical body color is gray with a brown dorsal stripe, a dark lateral stripe, and a light belly. The tail is gray edged with white. The ears are long and adorned with long tufts of hair. The head and body are 11-12 inches long, and the tail is another 8-9 inches long. Squirrels on the north side of the Grand Canyon are darker overall the tail is entirely white.

Preferred Habitat: Long-left pine forests in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Diet: Primarily seeds of ponderosa pine; also eats inner bark pines, seeds of juniper, and various bits of other vegetation.

Where to Find: Don't look for Abert's Squirrels around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them at the Grand Canyon and in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.

Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti)
Abert's Squirrel in fir tree
Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti)
Note long ear tuft

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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