Black squirrels

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  1. reznap

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    I think these are unique to Ohio.. because I've never seen one anywhere else. You guys let me know..

    Nothing special photo-wise.. :(

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    reznap

    Do you know how black squirrels came to be?

    This is an evolution thing...
     
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    These pictures don't do them justice... wish I could have got one of a black next to a red/brown one. They're DARK and very eye-catching.
     
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    I heard some BS story about them being bred at a nearby college. Care to enlighten me?
     
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    Here's another Ohio native...

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    Not like you named him "Milky"

    ---Me Myself & Irene reference... no offense intended, lol.

    EDIT: Ohhh I see, his name "Phranquey" = "Frankie"
     
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    During the industrial revolution, vast amounts of smog produced tons of soot that clung to the bark of trees (buldings as well), making the bark darker in color. the squirrels in the worst offended areas evolved with a darker coat to help protect/hide them from predators.
     
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    :thumbup: :lol:
     
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    There are a quite a few black squirrels in wisconsin
     
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    I currently live in Nebraska, and I saw a black squirrel on my way to work one morning and almost ran the poor thing over. :(

    Also, there is such a thing as "melanism", which is a high amount of pigmentation. This is why cats are solid black, black leopards, black panthers, and other animals in the animal kingdom that are black.
     
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    Since moving to Ontario, ALL the squirrels I've seen are black!
     
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    That's really cool. I have seen dozens of squirrel species but never a black one.

    If you see these frequently near your house I would keep practicing on them. Perfect subjects to work on the focus, especially the eyes!
     

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