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The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger), name refers to the yellowish-red, fox-like colour that is also common in this species. Also known as the eastern fox squirrel or Bryant's fox squirrel, is the largest species of tree squirrel native to North America. Its scientific name, niger, means ‘black’ and refers to the black fur of the first individual to be described. Its ideal habitat is small stands of large trees interspersed with agricultural land.
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