Douglas squirrel or chickaree

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Douglas squirrel or chickaree Tamiasciurus douglasii

Order Rodentia Rodents

  • Animals with 2 upper & 2 lower incisors and no canines
  • Of all mammals, has the most number of worldwide species

Family Sciuridae Squirrel Family (tail always completely haired)

Subfamily Sciurinae  Marmots, ground squirrels, chipmunks, & tree squirrels

  • Tail usually bushy
  • 4 toes on front feet, 5 toes on hind feet
  • Internal cheek pouches in ground squirrels & chipmunks)



  • Whitish-tipped tail hairs
  • Underparts: yellowish white to deep orange
  • In summer, a dark line demarks dorsal edge
  • Ears tipped with long hairs
  • Tree squirrels do not hibernate and are active during the day (except for Northern flying squirrel)

Eats: conifer cones, cut from trees in the fall and stored in a moist place for 1-3 years.  Also eats fungi.

Eaten by: coyotes, bobcats, goshawks, horned owls

Tree squirrels differ from ground squirrels and chipmunks by having:

  1. Long, bushy tails
  2. Lack of stripes or spots on sides
  3. 3.No internal cheek pouches

Douglas squirrel or chickaree Tamiasciurus douglasii