American Red Squirrel setting on a log munching on a spruce cone and starting a pile of middens in the dark forest of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. He must of been trying to catch a ray of sunshine too. Locals also call him "Chickaree" or "Ardilla" (Spanish). We are told that Pueblo Indians called him Tsu-wa-la-ah-na.
The American red squirrel is one of three species of tree squirrel currently classified in the genus ''Tamiasciurus'' and known as pine squirrels . American red squirrels are also referred to as pine squirrels, North American red squirrels, and chickarees. It is a medium sized diurnal mammal that defends a year-round exclusive territory. The diet of these tree squirrels is specialized on the seeds of conifer cones. As such, they are widely distributed across North America wherever conifers are common,.. more