Douglas Squirrel ((Tamiasciurus douglasii)
This "Siamese" squirrel has a genetic defect. It is a temperature sensitive mutation where the melanin breaks down in body areas that are warmer. There has been another documented case of this mutation on Cortes Island in 1980.
The Douglas Squirrel, scientific name ''Tamiasciurus douglasii'', is a pine squirrel found in the Pacific coastal states and provinces of North America. It is sometimes known as the Chickaree or Pine Squirrel, but since Chickaree is also used for the American Red Squirrel and Pine Squirrel for the genus ''Tamiasciurus'', these alternative names are better avoided. Variant spellings of the common name are Douglas' Squirrel and Douglas's Squirrel. The Native Americans of Kings River called it the.. more