Sciuridae
Sciurus niger
(fox squirrel)

Image Caption:
While foraging in a tree, two fox squirrels meet as if they have something to say, but can squirrels really communicate with eachother?  Squirrels seem to communicate with other squirrels using scent, vocal calls, and body language (Steele & Koprowski, 2001).  It's hard to say exactly how much information squirrels are able to convey, but at the very least, they are able to alert nearby squirrels to the presence of predators. 

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Sciurus niger rufiventer (Fox Squirrel) Pair Looking at Eachother

Works Cited:

Steele, M. A. & Koprowski, J. L.  (2001).  North American Tree Squirrels.  Washington and London: Smithsonian.  (University of Arizona Link). 
Image Location: United States, South Dakota, Brookings
Image Date: 2009MAR21
Image Species: Sciurus niger rufiventer
(EXIF Information is accurate, stamped in UTC).

Web Page and Pictures By Hannah Leitheiser
Updated: 2009APR01