J.C. Hodge. How are white squirrels able to survive in a forest?
Submitted on: Sep 13, 2012, 13:12:00
Natural Sciences / Biology / Ecology
Description: The white squirrels' (Sciurus carolinensis) causes of success in a preditory environment and causes of the apparent population equilibrium with gray squirrels are mysteries. White squirrels of Brevard, NC are thought to be a color variant of the Eastern gray squirrels. White and gray squirrels were observed from 2001 to May 2010. The squirrel population in the observation area has changed from predominantly gray to predominantly white. The observations suggest white squirrels have many physical and culture characteristics that differ from gray squirrels. These characteristics favor white squirrels over gray in a substantial feral and stray cat (Felis catus) predation and human environment. That Brevard white squirrels may be at an evolutionary branching point is suggested.
The abstract of this article will be published in the September 2012 issue of "Intellectual Archive Bulletin", ISSN 1929-1329.
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