Order Rodentia

Family Sciuridae

Basic Description

In the winter, red squirrels have a rusty-red band running up their back from their tail to their ears. sides are gray and undersides are white. There are also prominent red tufts on the ears. In the summer, the lateral band or ear tufts are not present. Red squirrels are 30-50% smaller than gray squirrels. Tail hairs have yellowish to rusty tips with a black band. Red squirrels do not exhibit size differences between sexes.

Length: 270-385 mm

Mass: 197-282 g

Conservation Status

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Vermont Distribution

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