Pine squirrel

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Pine squirrels
Temporal range: Middle Pleistocene - Recent
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American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Tribe: Sciurini
Genus: Tamiasciurus
Trouessart, 1880

Pine squirrels are squirrels of the genus Tamiasciurus, in the Sciurini tribe, of the large family Sciuridae.


This genus includes three species:

All three species are native to North America. Pine squirrels can be found in the northern and western United States, most of Canada, Alaska, and northwestern Mexico.


Pine squirrels, Tamiasciurus species, are small tree squirrels with bushy tails. Along with members of the genus Sciurus, they are members of the Sciurini tribe.

The name Tamiasciurus comes from the Greek "Ταμίας" "Σκίουρος" for "hoarder squirrel".

The American red squirrel should not be confused with the Eurasian red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris — both are usually just referred to as the "red squirrel" in their home continents.

Pine squirrels rely on a variety of food sources including fungi, plants, arthropods and tree seed. [2]


  1. ^ Thorington, R.W., Jr.; Hoffmann, R.S. (2005). "Family Sciuridae". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd ed.). The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 754–818. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4. OCLC 26158608.
  2. ^ McKeever, Sturgis (1964). "Food Habits of the Pine Squirrel in Northeastern California". The Journal of Wildlife Management. 28 (2): 402–404. doi:10.2307/3798105. ISSN 0022-541X. JSTOR 3798105.

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