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Fox squirrel   (Sciurus niger)
Category: Mammals

 

 

The fox squirrel is the largest species of squirrel native to North America. They thrive in forests or urban neighborhoods where trees such as oak, hickory, walnut, and pine that produce winter-storable foods like nuts are found. They prefer habitats with little or no understory vegetation and spend more time on the ground than other species of tree squirrels.

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Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Rodentia
Family - Sciuridae
Genus - Sciurus
Species - S. niger

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

The Opossum Ain’t Playing

Many people associate playing dead with the opossum - that’s where the term “playing opossum” comes from, after all. But something you might not know is that when an opossum feigns death, it really goes all out! Not content with merely closing its eyes and laying down, the opossum begins drooling profusely as if ill or even rabid, releases a putrid, greenish fluid from its anal glands that makes it smell like a decaying corpse, and after losing consciousness may even mimic rigor mortis! This is quite the elaborate routine, but it isn’t conscious: when an opossum plays dead, it has actually gone into shock due to stress.

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