Abert's squirrel

Abert's squirrel

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Sciuridae
Subfamily : Sciurinae
Species : Sciurus aberti

 

The Abert's squirrel is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Abert
A young / baby of a Abert is called a 'pup, kit or kitten'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A Abert group is called a 'dray or scurry'.
Countries
Mexico and United States
Some facts about the
Abert's squirrel

Adult weight : 0.703 kg (1.5466 lbs)

Female maturity :327 days

Gestation : 43 days

Weaning : 76 days

Litter size : 4

Litters per year : 2

Weight at birth : 0.012 kg (0.0264 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.355 kg (0.781 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 2 W

Body mass : 0.624 kg (1.3728 lbs)

Temperature : 40.85 °C (105.53 °F)

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Facts about the Abert's squirrel

Abert’s squirrels are restricted to and dependent upon stands of ponderosa pine.

Behavior Abert's squirrels are active all year long.

Characteristics Abert's squirrel is also know as the tassel-eared squirrel.

* The tassel-eared squirrel (Sciurus aberti) is confined to a montane archipelago of mixed conifer forests in the American Southwest.

A favorite spring and summer food of Abert’s squirrels are so-called “false truffles.

Abert’s squirrels are particularly sensitive to habitat changes in climax ponderosa pine ecosystems.

Abert's squirrels are herbivores.

Abert’s squirrels are killed by hawks, hunters, and automobiles.

Breeding season of Abert's squirrel is in April or May.

Habitat Sciurus aberti is found in coniferous forest habitats.

Sciurus aberti Abert's Squirrel is active all winter, but it may remain in its nest, built in a ponderosa pine tree, in very cold weather, venturing out only to retrieve buried seeds.

The tassel-eared or Abert’s squirrel is the major game species, however, and the numbers of tree squirrel hunters and harvest depends largely on the vagaries of tassel-eared squirrel numbers.

The Tassel-eared Squirrel (Sciurus aberti) is a ponderosa pine obligate species, endemic to the southwestern United States (Keith 1965).

Abert's squirrels are active during the day throughout the year. (Full text)

Active Period: Abert's squirrels are diurnal. (Full text)

Findley and others [9] mention that Abert's squirrels are common in mixed conifer canyons in New Mexico. (Full text)

The Abert's squirrel is confined to the Colorado Plateau and the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico; its range extends south in the Sierra Madre Occidental to Chihuahua and Durango in Mexico [17]. (Full text)

The currently accepted scientific name for Abert's squirrel is Sciurus aberti Woodhouse [14,17]. (Full text)

Palearctic: Sciurus aberti is found in ponderosa or yellow pine (Pinus ponderosa) communities of the Southwest, usually between 1800 and 3000 m, in portions of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah in the United States and in the Sierra Madre Occidental from Northern Sonora and Chihuahua to southern Durango in Mexico (Nash and Seaman, 1977). (Full text)

Geographic Range Palearctic: Sciurus aberti is found in ponderosa or yellow pine (Pinus ponderosa) communities of the Southwest, usually between 1800 and 3000 m, in portions of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah in the United States and in the Sierra Madre Occidental from Northern Sonora and Chihuahua to southern Durango in Mexico (Nash and Seaman, 1977). (Full text)

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