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ABERT’S SQUIRREL

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Only in winter do the perky ears of Abert’s squirrels grow tassels, or tufts of hair. Tree squirrels don’t hibernate , so a longer winter coat, topped by tassels, warms this species while it forages in its high, snowy habitat. This individual is from an isolated population on Arizona’s mile-high Kaibab Plateau. Separated for thousands of years , the Kaibab population has evolved an elegant white tail instead of the usual gray.

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  • Title: ABERT’S SQUIRREL
  • Creator: AMNH
  • Location: Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History

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