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Kentucky Color - Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrels were a staple of Great Wooded South diet for forefathers - Fried Fox Squirrel breakfasts with hot biscuits and Fox Squirrel Gravy is the best
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired State Forester
Kentucky DIvision of Forestry

Fox Squirrel is the largest squirrel in North America. It will grow up to 3 pounds as an adult and is, like its smaller cousin the Grey Squirrel a very good climber.


Fox Squirrels are mostly red and gray but here in the Great Wooded South they have a lot of black mixed in with the red. This black coloration only shows up in our area of the Southern Appalachians and Fox Squirrels in our area can be and are often solid black.

Solid black ones usually don't survive very long for they are easily seen by Red Tail Hawks and hunters who are hungry for a young Fox Squirrel to fry up for breakfast. Of course, there is an unwritten law that Squirrel Breakfast must include gravy and Fox Squirrel Gravy is the best.

There is a growing aversion to the eating of squirrel in our modern urban culture. That was not so for our forefathers here in the Great Wooded South where squirrel was a staple in the autumn and early winter diet. - Billy Joe Fudge


This story was posted on 2012-12-23 00:37:15
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Kentucky Color - Fox Squirrel



2012-12-23 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Fox Squirrels Easier to see Squirrels tend to depend upon their grey mottled coloration to camouflage them while they sit real still and hide in plain sight. However here in the Great Wooded South Fox Squirrels tend to have a lot of black coloration which makes them easier to see. This one did not move for about five minutes. - Billy Joe Fudge
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