Big Cypress Fox Squirrel


I feel very fortunate to get an opportunity to capture southwest Florida’s Big Cypress fox squirrel.

This fox squirrel is a unique subspecies of the Eastern fox squirrel, and is found south of the Caloosahatchee River and west of the Everglades region of Florida.


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Big Cypress Fox Squirrel


The Big Cypress fox squirrel is protected as a threatened species in Florida.Β  There is little information known about this subspecies due to their limited range, secretive nature, and reluctance to be captured.

Sightings are rare.Β  I photographed this one in Big Cypress National Preserve which is where Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission suggests to search for them while walking or driving along the preserve’s dirt roads into the wet pine and cypress forests.


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Big Cypress Fox Squirrel


After that last shot, the fox squirrel scampered up the tree and I continued my walk.

Returning back down the path to my car, I looked for the fox squirrel again and found him/her relaxing in another tree.Β  A quick photo and I continued on, very excited with this sighting!


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Big Cypress Fox Squirrel



47 thoughts on “Big Cypress Fox Squirrel

  1. I’ve never seen a squirrel in Florida! In Georgia I see them daily. Great shots, Donna. πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful images Donna and what a treat to see this beautiful squirrel! πŸ’›

  3. Donna, these are great pictures! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a tail that long – unless, of course, on a Delmarva fox squirrel. I will always be grateful to you for telling me where to spot the fox squirrels at Blackwater. We were just there yesterday and made that turnoff our first stop. I saw one squirrel near the nest in the tree on the right, but when I got out of the car with my camera he had disappeared – probably into the nest.

    • Thank you, Susan, and you’re quite welcome! So glad to hear they are still in that area thriving. Yes, they are quick and so secretive. And those beautiful long tails are stunning!

  4. Lovely photos Donna. I am absolutely fascinated by squirrels, they are so cute! This one looks particularly striking with its different colours. πŸ’™

  5. Wow! Twice as big as the squirrels we have up north here! These pictures are fantastic, with its reddish brown highlights. Love the body language and facial expression on the last one, “what, you again?” πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Barbara! It did seem like he was waiting for me lol. There are 10 subspecies of the fox squirrels in North America. I’ve photographed three, so seven to go! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Ashley! Certainly a unique one in its rich coloring and that gorgeous busy tail. It was comical to come back pass the area and find him lounging there, lol. It was like he knew we couldn’t reach him with all the trees between us and him. πŸ™‚

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