Sunday, May 17, 2009

Squirrel

There are 5 species of squirrels in Costa Rica.  My Costa Rican wildlife book shows three of them, but not this one, unfortunately.  I can tell you that this is not a red-tailed squirrel, nor a variegated squirrel, nor a Central American dwarf squirrel, but I don't know what type it is.  I like his coloration, though.

We saw him in a tree in Playa Langosta about a block or so from our condo.  My wife did not like him.  He is, after all, a rodent, and she has lived her entire life in Arizona, where there are not many squirrels.   I have lived in the U.S. Midwest and East Coast where we are used to seeing squirrels frolicking around, but I have never seen a squirrel with the combination of red and grey of this colorful creature.

When I was in high school in St. Louis County, Missouri, we had an albino squirrel in our back yard, and he would run across the electrical wires behind our house at the same time each morning.  I would know that it was time to go catch the school bus when he would go prancing by my window. 

9 comments:

brattcat said...

This squirrel does have an amazing coat. And you've caught him looking wise and thoughtful.

Jacob said...

Looks like a cross between a squirrel and a chipmunk! I've not seen one like that, either.

Have a great day. Thanks for your long comment on Ocala DP!

Jarart said...

I've never seen this kind of squirrel either, it's pretty though, and well captured.

Christopher Raun Leth said...

I can't say what kind of squirrel this one is, but it's a cute one anyway. Very nice photo!

Sharon said...

I love the colors of this squirrel. When I was gowing up in Illinois, we had a family of neighborhood squirrels that we would leave food for. Eventually, they would take it right out of our hands. They were so cute.

Ken said...

It looks like it needs a trip to the hair dressers for a touch up.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

he does have a coat of many colors

Saretta said...

A squirrel alarm clock...I love it!

PAK said...

I like colors of the squirrel. We have only one specie, with two subspecies (gray and brown).

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