Albino eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Wow, one in 100,000… Just had to reblog this. A little ghoul all dressed for Halloween!

Ozarks State of Mind

A true albino. They are distinguished by their red/pink eyes. I am not sure of this but I’ve read that it occurs in about every 100,000 squirrels. I photographed this little fellow, at a great distance and through brush, at Devil’s Den State Park here in Arkansas. There are true white squirrels called “white morphs” with black eyes. Another, which I have seen in the area of Eureka Springs, is a white spotted squirrel known as “Pilbald whites”.

albino squirrel

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24 Responses to Albino eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Very cool. I would imagine they are a lot more vulnerable – so easy to see. They don’t really blend in with anything except snow.

  2. How wonderful. So very beautiful. ❤

  3. arlingwoman says:

    There’s a place called Olney, IL, known for its white squirrels…

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I just looked it up. They have 77 white squirrels as of this year’s census, down from 100 last year. Huge loss – 25%! They take their mascot pretty seriously…the bylaws protecting them are impressive. Cats are not allowed to roam free and they are going after ferals. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. Val Boyko says:

    May it snow lightly and keep him safer than his buddies this winter!

  5. dorannrule says:

    Wow! What a little beauty!

  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Wow! I have never seen one. I love “little spirit in the woods.”

  7. ladyfi says:

    Wow – how lovely!

  8. Kathy Sturr says:

    In TI Park where I work they are overrun with black squirrels – never have seen a white one!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Apparently, black and white are variations of the gray, but true albinos are quite rare. There are a few black squirrels around here that we see occasionally, but like you, never a white one!

  9. Robin says:

    Wow! What an interesting looking squirrel.

  10. AmyRose🌹 says:

    WOW!!! What a shot!!! How incredible!!!! How these creatures in this world are just amazing to me. ❤

  11. Joanne says:

    A very unusual little fellow. 🙂

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