Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger niger & Sciurus niger vulpinus)

North Carolina Wildlife Profiles – Fox Squirrel (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
The fox squirrel lives primarily in mature longleaf pine and open pine-oak forests in the Sandhills and southern Coastal Plain.

Fox Squirrel Species Profile (Woods for Wildlife NC)
The fox squirrel is the largest tree squirrel in NC, twice the size of the common gray squirrel. They occur in a variety of color phases, including black, gray, brown, and reddish and often have white patches.

Fox Squirrel (Outdoor Alabama)
Fox squirrels eat a wide variety of wild foods including acorns, nuts, seeds, fleshy fruits, buds, flowers, twigs, bird eggs, insects, tubers, roots, and fungi.

Fox Squirrel (Indiana DNR)
Fox squirrels are agile climbers that spend more time on the ground than other tree squirrel species. They rise and feed later than other squirrels and are more active throughout the day.

All About Fox Squirrels and Gray Squirrels (Welcome Wildlife)
The Fox Squirrel (or Eastern Fox Squirrel) and the Gray Squirrel (also known the Eastern* Gray Squirrel) are rodents in the family Sciuridae. Their suborder, Sciurinae, includes other tree squirrels, as well as ground squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. There are 10 subspecies of Fox Squirrels and five of Gray Squirrels.