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Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)
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Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)

General: Douglas' Squirrels (Tamiasciurus douglasii) are small tree squirrels that are very active and spend most of their time chattering in the trees while cutting green pine cones, harvesting the seeds, and storing them for the winter.

Douglas' Squirrels are small tree squirrels, growing to only about 12-inches long (head and body 6-7 inches, tail 4-5 inches). During summer, these squirrels are grayish above with some rust on the back, a black line on the side, and orange on the belly. During winter, they loose the rust, black line, and orange belly. The ears have a bit of a hair tuft (especially during winter), and the eyes have a bold eyering. The tail is bushy, usually edged with white.

Also called Douglas Squirrel and Cone Cutter.

Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)

Distribution: Douglas' Squirrel is a west-coast species, occurring throughout the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges and west to the Pacific Ocean. They can be found from the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California north to British Columbia. Don't look for this species around Las Vegas; rather, look for them places like Yosemite National Park and Olympic National Park.

Habitat: Forest habitats with conifer trees.

Similar Species: Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) look similar, but are more reddish, always have a white belly, and live to the east of Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon and Zion north to Alaska.

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Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) Not the best photo, but this clearly shows the bold, broken eyering and the gray back, black line on the side, and orange belly. Sitting atop a stump, this is the typical pose a Douglas' Squirrel assumes when eating cones.
Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) Douglas' Squirrel searching for cones about 500 feet above the ground. This squirrel was in a tree hanging over the edge of a cliff in Yosemite. Douglas' Squirrels often cut cones and let them fall to the ground, then pick them up later. This squirrel never dropped a cone.
Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) Douglas' Squirrel in winter pelage (Yosemite National Park, early fall): note especially the white belly. In winter pelage, Douglas' Squirrels look much like the Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) we find to the east of Las Vegas.
Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)
Douglas' Squirrel cutting cones
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Douglas' Squirrel searching for cones
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Douglas' Squirrel with a green Douglas Fir cone
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Squirrel in summer pelage collecting douglas fir cones
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Douglas' Squirrel in the damp woods of the Pacific Northwest
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Cone cutting left atop a fallen log
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Cone cutting left atop a tall stump
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Cone cutting covering the ground
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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