Red-tailed Squirrel


Red-tailed Squirrels (Sciurus granatensis) are medium-sized tree squirrels. The color of their coat varies depending on location. It can range from dark orange to dull yellow sprinkled with black to all black. Their bellies can be white to bright orange-rust. These squirrels have bushy tails that are yellowish-brown in color and may have a black tip. During the winter the color of their coat differs slightly from the summer coat. Red-tailed squirrels are found from southern Central to northern South America. They occur in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago (also on Tobago), and Venezuela (also on Isla de Margarita). This species has been also introduced to a small area near Havana on Cuba. Red-tailed squirrels inhabit many types of forests and can also be found on picnic grounds.




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