| Yucatan Squirrels are large and have noticeably long tails. Like Variegated Squirrels, their coat patterns can differ. In the northern part of their range, they tend to be yellowish-gray with white tummies; in the south, both their backs and underparts are darker. They are fairly common in the south. In the north, there is a larger human population and consequently more hunting, more deforestation, and fewer squirrels. Yucatan Squirrels are found in low-elevation tropical forests, and seem to prefer soft fruits to harder food. When fruit is not available they eat flowers, buds, and shoots. Pregnant females and litters of 2 or 3 have been noted between April and August. Fossils that date from the Pleistocene have been found in caves on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Total Length: 485 and 451 mm; Tail: 240 and 222 mm
Allen, J.A, 1877. In Coues, E. and J.A. Allen, Monographs on North American Rodentia, Report of the U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories. 11:705.
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