Quiz #101: Mammal

Identify the mammal pictured below.

Photo of Quiz #101: Mammal

(Photographed in Biddeford, ME on May 11, 2014.)

A. Eastern Gray Squirrel

B. Red Squirrel

C. Eastern Chipmunk

D. Northern Flying Squirrel

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A is incorrect. Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) are usually gray (though their fur color can range from red to black or even white), and their bushier tails are typically comprised of white-tipped hairs.

B is Correct! I watched this Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) quietly munch on an acorn for several minutes.

C is incorrect. Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus) have striped backs and smaller tails.

D is incorrect. Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) are nocturnal and have large black eyes with no white around them.

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