Sciurus niger
(fox squirrel)

Image Caption:
While playfully chasing, one squirrel catches the other around the midsection in a characteristic copulary position.  Perhaps such sexual play increases the chance of successful mating when these animals become older.

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Fox Squirrels (Sciurus niger rufiventer) Pair Play-mounting

Image Location: United States, South Dakota, Brookings
Image Date: 2009FEB08
Image Species: Sciurus niger rufiventer 
(EXIF infomation is accurate – stamped in UTC).

Web Page and Pictures By Hannah Leitheiser
Updated: 2009FEB09