White Squirrels of North America
Squirrels are common residents of the United States and Canada who are one of the most liked and adored rodents of North America. This may have something to do with their attentive, inquisitive and active habits.
What we normally think of when we think of squirrels are tree dwelling gray or reddish mammals. Rarely do we imagine their cousins, the ground squirrels (Prairie dogs) or marmots, even though they are in the same family. Nor do we think of squirrels as white! But, there are many places around the country that have white or albino squirrel populations. The above video is from Kissimee Florida. Notice the unique spot on the head. It's a character I've found common only in soome southern states.
Major places that have white squirrels are:
Have you seen a White Squirrel?
Adaptations for Squirrels in Deciduous Forests:
This is a case of classic natural selection, the driving force behind evolutionary change. Evolution by definition is the changing of the genetic makeup of a population over time. The trait for being white is a genetic anomalie that is usually weeded out because they are so quickly seen by predators. But today we have a different predator: humans.
Many towns have proclaimed to be the "Home of the White Squirrels," and as a result have started trapping and removing their darker brothers and sisters. What a great example of natural selection that has quickly created a dominant squirrel population that is white.
However, there are other places around the country where white squirrels are popping up and it may not be a result of humans trapping the squirrels. Many places have white stone and white buildings of which white squirrels would be highly adapted too. This small advantage may allow white squirrel populations to spread.
But, today squirrel populations are still mostly dark. It is a very special thing to see a white squirrel. If you've seen a squirrel in your neighborhood I have started a database. Please email robnelsonfilms(at)gmail.com with your sighting so that I can compile a map of all these squirrels around the country.
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