| A well-marked ring around its eyes gives Peters's Squirrel the scientific name oculatus. This a large, somewhat stout squirrel found mostly in pine, fir, and oak forests at elevations of about 1,500 to 3,600 m. It has been seen eating acorns, figs, and pecans. It has dense, rather coarse fur and superficially resembled the Eastern Gray Squirrel. Little is known about reproduction in this species, and no fossils have been located. Habitat loss from logging, clearing, and burning is a serious threat to its continued existence.
Total Length: 543, 508, 531 mm; Tails: 269, 256, 263 mm
Peters, W., 1863. Monatsberichte Koeniglich Preussiche Akademie Der Wissenschaften, Berlin. 1863:653.
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