Sciuridae
Sciurus niger

(fox squirrel)

Image Caption:
A fox squirrel eats a piece of ice he carried up a tree.  Although the squirrel has to use body heat to melt the ice, on cold days squirrels often eat ice or snow.  During winter, they have few other sources of moisture.



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Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger rufiventer) Eating Ice


Image Location: United States, South Dakota, Brookings
Image Date: 2009MAR07
Image Species: Sciurus niger rufiventer
(EXIF information is accurate – stamped in UTC).

Web Page and Pictures By Hannah Leitheiser
Updated: 2009MAR07