This adult fox squirrel was salvaged by the Kalamazoo Nature Center and mounted for the museum's education collection by Waddell Creek Taxidermy.
Fox squirrels, Sciurus niger, get their names from their bushy, fox-like tails. They are medium-sized tree squirrels that live throughout the central and eastern United States. They can be found as far south as northeastern Mexico and as far north as south-central Canada. These squirrels prefer to live in open habitats with lots of space between trees. They can also thrive in urban settings if large trees are plentiful.
Fox squirrels are omnivores and eat a wide variety of foods including nuts and seeds as well as insects and carrion. They communicate using a wide variety of sounds and scent markings.
Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Zoology (April 2020) Zoologists and animal lovers alike can investigate unique animal specimens from habitats all around the world. Discover where these animals live, what they eat and what makes them special!