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Types of Squirrels in Louisiana

 

Louisiana is home to a variety of squirrel species, each with its own unique characteristics and habitat preferences. Whether you're an avid wildlife enthusiast or simply curious about the local wildlife, this article will introduce you to the different types of squirrels you can find in Louisiana.

Eastern Gray Squirrel

The Eastern Gray Squirrel is the most common and recognizable squirrel species in Louisiana. Known for its gray fur, white underbelly, and bushy tail, this squirrel is often found in urban and suburban areas, as well as forests and woodlands. They are known for their agility and ability to adapt to various environments.

Fox Squirrel

The Fox Squirrel is larger than the Eastern Gray Squirrel and has a more vibrant coloration. Its fur ranges from reddish-brown to gray, and it often has a white belly. Fox Squirrels prefer wooded areas and can be found in both rural and suburban parts of Louisiana.

Southern Flying Squirrel

The Southern Flying Squirrel is a small and nocturnal species found in Louisiana. They have a distinctive flap of skin between their front and hind legs, allowing them to glide through the air. These squirrels are often found in forests with dense tree cover and are skilled at navigating through the canopy.

Red Squirrel

The Red Squirrel is less common in Louisiana compared to the other species mentioned. They are known for their reddish-brown fur and white underbellies. Red Squirrels prefer coniferous forests and can be found in some parts of the state, particularly in the northern regions.

Western Gray Squirrel

The Western Gray Squirrel is an elusive species found in the western parts of Louisiana. They have gray fur with a white underbelly and are commonly found in mixed forests and woodlands. These squirrels are highly adaptable and can thrive in both urban and rural environments.

Bachman’s Fox Squirrel

The Bachman fox squirrel is usually found in areas of open, upland forests such as mature longleaf pine or mixed pine-hardwood forests or areas with a mix of open fields and patches of woods. Hardwoods associated with creeks and drains within these predominately upland systems are also important habitats. Populations of Bachman fox squirrels are less abundant than they once were throughout much of their range. This is almost certainly related to loss or declining quality of their habitat. 

Observing these squirrel species can be a rewarding experience for nature enthusiasts. However, it is important to remember that feeding or approaching wild animals can be harmful to both humans and the wildlife. Enjoy observing these fascinating creatures from a safe distance and appreciate their natural behaviors in their respective habitats.

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