The eastern fox squirrel is very common and is found throughout the piedmont and western regions of Maryland. Brevard’s white squirrels all have similar markings—a white body with a pigmented head patch, shoulder saddle and dorsal stripe, and dark eyes. Albinos have red eyes. Many of the squirrels were black - probably about as plentiful as the gray ones. Some gray squirrels may be black, white or blond in color. Meet the White Squirrels. There are white squirrels with dark eyes that are not albinos. Maybe this image is good luck! A white squirrel can either be a pigmentless albino — pink eyes are the clue — or what’s called a white morph.
The city of Olney, Illinois in the United States, for example, bills itself as the “White Squirrel Capital of the World.” Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
The albino gene is recessive, so for one or more of a squirrel litter to be white, both grey squirrel parents must carry it. Note the dark eyes in the squirrel below. Four squirrel species occur in Maryland - gray squirrel, red squirrel, flying squirrel and fox squirrel. We came up with a couple pages of info saying that the white or albino squirrels have been spotted in Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida and Canada, but Maryland was not mentioned. Home of the White Squirrels. White Squirrel in Maryland. And that brings up to our last color variant: white eastern gray squirrels.
But a handful of white squirrels is causing a stir in Maryland. There were tons of squirrels on the grounds there. Dark-eyed white squirrel
Making a home in Elkton (Cecil County), Maryland, is a population of White squirrels, a leucistic (differ from albino, as eyes contain pigment) variant of Gray Squirrels. The Indigenous Prophecy of the White Squirrel In many Native American tribes, there is a story of the magical time on Planet Earth that will be signaled by the return of a white buffalo. Western gray squirrel The western gray squirrel is known for its lengthy body size. There were also several white ones running around. This is a very unusual Maryland squirrel. Here is an excellent map of white squirrel sightings in the U.S. and Canada. How the squirrels got there, she said, remains a mystery.
Although people often assume that any white squirrel is an albino, most of these white squirrels lack the pink eyes essential to albinism. Native to the Americas, Africa and Eurasia, squirrels belong in the Sciuridae family. Flying squirrels are the smallest squirrel, slightly larger than a chipmunk, with a sandy brown upper body, white underside, and specially adapted fold of skin and flat tail allowing them to glide through the air. These dark-eyed, white squirrels are actually leucistic. This family consists of tiny to medium sized rodents including flying squirrels, tree squirrels, chipmunks, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots and woodchucks. The white squirrels became so prized that the Brevard City Council voted to approve an ordinance declaring and establishing a sanctuary for squirrels, especially the white ones, in 1986. As unusual as white squirrels are, Marionville is not alone in its distinction. Red squirrels reproduce twice a year, in the spring and late summer, with litters ranging from two to seven. Dark-eyed white squirrel Our friend Ruth Murphy provided this shot of an albino squirrel in Centreville, Maryland. An albino squirrel would not have good vision. There was a Maryland squirrel resarcher, the late Vagn Flyger, who studied squirrels by putting out peanut butter laced with Valium. Though a breed of white squirrel does exist, the white squirrels in Brevard are thought to be a color variation of the Eastern Gray Squirrel. And in fact, a white buffalo was identified in recent years in the four corners region of our country. The tail is flattened, bushy and gray with silvery-tipped hairs. Their belly fur is white or light gray. In our Kentlands community the news is that more black squirrels are being observed in the area. There were tons of squirrels on the grounds there. Marionville, Missouri. Squirrels For Sale. The most serious ramifications of killing squirrels usually fall on people who intentionally or accidentally kill squirrels that are school or town mascots. An annual census has counted about 100 white squirrels in the downtown area there — down from 182 in 1977 — and a 2002 ordinance in the town makes it illegal to kill squirrels … The white squirrels became so prized that the Brevard City Council voted to approve an ordinance declaring and establishing a sanctuary for squirrels, especially the white ones, in 1986. The 30 squirrels transplanted to Chincoteague grew to a population which exceeded 300.