The silver fox is a melanistic form of red fox. Melanism is when the animal's coloring is much darker than normal. Interestingly, fox squirrels, who have brownish body fur and reddish tummy fur also have a melanistic form that resembles this.
Have you ever seen a fox squirrel like this? Fox squirrels ( Sciurus niger ) are one of the most variable colored tree squirrels in the wo.
Squirrels imported from East a pesky pest
If a squirrel has been eating your tomatoes, digging up your bulbs or raiding your bird feeder, odds are it's an eastern fox squirrel. Fox squirrels were most likely brought in for companionship rather than as a food source, despite the long tradition of squirrel cuisine back East. Apart from the classic Brunswick stew of the Southeast, we have a friend whose French Canadian grandmother was renowned for her squirrel-stomach pie (best prepared in the fall, during the nut harvest.) Since…