U is for Unusual Squirrel

We just can’t let a Blogging A to Z Challenge April slip by without featuring one squirrel post in the month. A real squirrel that is!

Unusual White Squirrel

This Eastern Gray Squirrel lives here in northern Virginia’s suburbs, but as you can easily see, he has unusual fur…white. That doesn’t make him albino because his eyes aren’t white, but a blue color. This fellow is at a bit of a disadvantage because his fur doesn’t camouflage with tree trunks. It’s definitely easier for a squirrel with a gray or brownish coat to hide from predators like hawks that would like to carry us off.

But on the other hand, you humans tend to be quite taken with white squirrels, so they find it easier to get handouts! Some people study these unusual cousins of ours, so it you’d like to read more, or contribute your sightings of white squirrels, leap on over to this Wild Classroom page.  Lots of fun reading and even a movie!

K is for Kit on Motionless Monday

Hey there,

Finding a ‘K’ wildlife statue is harder than I thought. Do you humans realize Katydid and Kingfisher statues might make nice additions to your gardens? I am determined to keep with my regular column theme and the Blogging A to Z Challenge, so finally had to fall back on an old favorite:

Squirrel wildlife statue

Yes, for today, we are saying this is a ‘kit’, what a young squirrel is called when he is still in the nest. You know we had to get squirrels in one day, right? And they are quite cute in real life.

Gray Squirrel kitsThis photo was sent with permission to use it a few years ago by reader Anna. here is our original post with lots of links to more squirrel information.

Enjoy your Monday!

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey!

I haven’t forgotten your mystery this week, but it did almost get away from me.

Mystery #95

Do you know what this animal is? Send me a note in the comments. See you later with the answer!

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No guesses, but I suspect this one was too easy! Yellow, or at least pale stripes running the length of a snake always means a Garter Snake.

Garter Snake

Garter Snakes live all over North America–because they will eat pretty much any animal small enough to catch. No matter where they are found, Garter Snakes vary in color from tan to brown, from light green to dark. They will be semi-aquatic if there is water nearby, so that means they are found close to water more in the east than in the west. We’re willing to bet one lives near you!

Unexpected Company

Hickory is twitching his tail over this visitor.

Eastern Chipmunk

“He’s in my tree!”

“There are plenty of wild cherries. We can share,” I told him. “You had your fill this morning, or so you told me.”

“I–I–I…it’s my favorite deck.”

“But? Come on now, what does Miz Flora always tell us?”

His tail drooped. “Sharing is the only way we wild critters can survive in the suburbs.” Then he let out a string of chittering. “But it’s so hard!”