Why Are All of the Squirrels in Michigan the Wrong Color?
As the weather is warming up and the world is coming back to life for the summer, you may notice more and more squirrels popping up around Michigan. But, have you noticed some of the more "unique" colors of squirrels?
I know it's pretty subjective to say something like "Why are all of the squirrels in Michigan the wrong color", but in my defense, I've visited and lived all around the country, and rarely have I come across squirrels that are any color other than grey.
So is there something special about the squirrels in Michigan, or am I just noticing something that was obvious before I moved here?
What's the deal with the red squirrels?
If you haven't left Michigan, you may not find our fox-colored tree loving friends to be strange, but red squirrels aren't as common in most other states.
According to experts, Red squirrels generally live throughout the northern part of the United States as well as parts of Canada. They sometimes can be found as far south as the northern part of the Appalachian Mountains.
Why do red squirrels generally stick to the northern part of the US?
There isn't one specific answer to this question, but rather a large combinations of reasons why this may be. One of the main reasons is that Red Squirrels are generally big fans of maple syrup. While it's not the only thing they will eat, they tend to try to stick close to it, thus their love of the northern states where maple and pine trees tend to grow more commonly.
What's the deal with the black squirrels?
They aren't technically their own breed of squirrel, but rather a variation of the much more common eastern grey squirrel. The black squirrels have traditionally adopted a darker coat to help them hide better in Michigan wildlife than their southern cousins.
And are there actually white squirrels or is that a myth?
Albino squirrels are in fact, very real. Although, don't expect to see them much because of the nature of their color, they tend to be quickly picked off by predators. However, there have been packs of white squirrels in the past that will live in heavily populated areas like cities or college campuses due to human activity scaring away a majority of their predators.
While it's not nice to call squirrels "weird" colored, it's also sort of true if you visit the rest of the country and realize we're one of the only states with a rainbow of options when it comes to tree-loving rodents.