Sciurus niger

(fox squirrel)

Image Caption:
A fox squirrel extracts pine nuts while hiding between branches of a Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris).  Pine cones are a labor intensive food source, and if squirrels work harder to extract the seeds, the it is more likely to drop a nut and seed a new pine tree.  It took this animal an average of eight minutes to eat the seeds from one pinecone.

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Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger rufiventer) Eating a Pine Cone

Image Location: United States, South Dakota, Brookings
Image Date: 2008DEC19
Image Species: Sciurus niger rufiventer
Tree Species: Pinus sylvestris 
(EXIF infomation is accurate – stamped in UTC).

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Updated: 2009JAN01