Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mexican Gray Squirrel

The Mexican gray squirrel, also known as the red-bellied squirrel, is found in Guatemala and eastern and southern Mexico. 
We saw this Mexican gray squirrel on the walk from our hotel to Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. It was in the same vicinity as the Inca doves I photographed. 

Its appearance is highly variable, but it typically has salt and pepper upper fur and a rufous belly and flank (side). The rufous color can spread up over the forelimbs and shoulder to form an hour-glass shaped marking over the back. 

Another color phase is totally black, with a reddish tint to the underfur on the back and rump. 

1 comment:

  1. I love that first photo. They almost seem like cartoon characters--so quick and twitchy and friendly-looking.