White-tailed Squirrel

There are a lot of squirrels living in the trees behind my house, and there is nothing unusual about that. However, within the last few months, I noticed a white-tailed squirrel in the trees and on the ground, and that is unusual. I had never seen a white-tailed squirrel here, or anywhere. This evening, just before dusk, I had my camera out with the speedlight (flash) attached, when I spotted the white-tailed squirrel, and so I grabbed the camera, adjusted its the settings, and captured an image of the squirrel across the yard (above image).

Then, as I was watching the squirrel, it climbed a tree and entered a hole in the tree that I had never noticed before. The tree is at least 75 feet away. In the above image, I photographed the squirrel’s white tail as it entered the hole in the tree, where it apparently lives.

After entering the hole in the tree, the squirrel turned and stared at me while I continued to photograph it.

When no longer interested in me, the squirrel turned and disappeared into the tree, although I was able to get a photo (below) of its white tail in the tree before it totally disappeared. The light from my speedlight made it appear as though the squirrel had its lights on in its nest for the evening, but actually the speedlight lit up the bare wood in the back of the hole.

I am excited to have been able to photograph this unusual squirrel, and also excited to see that its nest is directly facing my house. I will be watching it closely this summer, because if the squirrel is a female, it may raise its young in that nest, and I will be able to photograph them.

In case you are new to my blog, in December, I spent several days in Carrabelle, Florida, where I saw and photographed totally white squirrels, which are very rare except for a few locations around the country. I posted an article about Carrabelle, which contains photos of the white squirrels. The link to it is:  https://stevetabone.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/carrabelle-in-the-panhandle-of-florida/

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86 Responses to White-tailed Squirrel

  1. Great pictures and interesting. I have seen squirrels with while legs, ear, sometime a white streak on their fur but never a white tailed one. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. Thank you for “capturing” this squirrel for us armchair naturalists! Love the photo of the squirrel checking you out … the texture of the trunk, the composition of the photo and its overall greyness are simply wonderful!

  3. clover58 says:

    Having a white tail might make is strange! I don’t think I ever heard of white squirrels unless they were albino. Locally, we have grays, reds, and occasionally black.

  4. Mac says:

    Nothing escapes a professional photographer who possesses an uncanny eye for uniqueness

  5. I live in a small town in Central Illinois. We have just noticed a white-tailed squirrel in our neighborhood. At first, the only thing I saw was this furry white thing bouncing around and then I realized the furry white thing was attached to a grey squirrel. He does stand out in a crowd. I googled white-tailed squirrels and found your blog. These cute little guys must be spreading out across the U.S. I would love to know more about them – thanks for your pictures and for sharing your story with us.


    • Anonymous says:

      we also live in central ill. have a white-tail eating from our birdfeeder as i type

    • Nona Christman says:

      We saw a white tailed squirrel on our farm near Stoutsville Ohio. We are trying to get a picture of it ,when we do we will post the picture.

  6. DH says:

    We just saw two white-tailed squirrels for the first time in our yard today (Michigan). They are beautiful.

  7. Adoptagrey says:

    I just saw a white-tailed squirrel in the tree outside my kitchen window on Bay Village, Ohio. He’s the only squirrel allowed to eat from my birdfeeder!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I live in Central Indiana and just noticed a white tail squirrel this summer.

  9. Anonymous says:

    just noticed a white tailed squirrel in pendleton, indiana

  10. Anonymous says:

    Two in our yard in Orange Township, Noble County, Indiana

  11. Anonymous says:

    I saw a white-tailed squirrel today in Omaha, Nebraska

  12. Anonymous says:

    I live in a small town in morenci mi and I saw a white tailed squirrel in my back yard at first I thought it had a whole corn cob in its mouth then I realized it was its tail. I never seen one before

  13. Nancy Kropp says:

    I live in the North East part of Indianapolis and saw one in my backyard this morning. I was amazed at how beautiful they are. He was eating bird seed that had fallen from the feeder. I will be watching tomorrow for him to return. I have large trees so hopefully there is a nest of them.

  14. Anonymous says:

    We have four white tailed squirrels in our neighbors tree in Marshalltown, IA. We had never seen them before, usually we don’t even have grey squirrels. Wish I could find more info on them.

  15. Rick Z. says:

    Ditto…we saw our first white-tail squirrel several times yesterday…my wife thinks it was a red-squirrel, and it had an all-white tail ! On the Maumee River near Grand Rapids Ohio.
    Rick Z. July 28, 2013

  16. Heather says:

    I’m outside lansing MI and have 2 small white tails in my backyard, maybe more, but I only saw two chasing each other around. I’ve never seen anything like it so came straight to google and found this blog. Great pics!!

  17. richard says:

    We are camping in Wooster, Ohio and we spotted three baby white tailed squirrels playing on the picnic table..Never saw one before, much less three!

  18. Teresa says:

    In newtown mo I seen a white tailed squirrel in my neighbors tree. Got a picture of it…so cool!!!

  19. I need to thank you for this wonderful read!! I
    definitely loved every little bit of it. I havbe you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post

  20. k weeks says:

    We have a white tail squirrel here in Elbridge, TN. First we’ve ever seen!

  21. Anonymous says:

    My sister has a white tailed squirrel jn her backyard in Kansas City, Missouri

  22. Cathy Yane says:

    We have 2 grey squirrels with white tails in our yard in Chardon Ohio. This is the first time we have ever seen them. They are fun to watch and so unusual. Is it an actual species or a mutation and does anyone know where they originated from?

  23. Anonymous says:

    I live in central Illinois. I have white tailed squirrels on my property. I had been seeing one for a long time, but this morning I saw three white tailed one………it is amazing.

  24. Elberta Clinton says:

    We have a baby whitetail squirrel in our yard in West Chester, PA. Have pictures.

  25. Grandma says:

    Just saw 2 white tailed squirrels in my backyard this morning in Lebanon, IN. Never saw one before. They are quite beautiful! Didn’t know they existed until now. Amazing! I hope they stick around for my kids to see.

  26. Felicia says:

    I live in Columbus, Indiana (1 hour south of Indianapolis) and I saw a white tailed squirrel in my front yard. So exciting. I feel lucky:) It is neat to see all of the areas these are spotted in.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I have a family of 5 babies (now down to 3 I think) with one white tail in our front yard. We live in Jackson County Michigan. Squirrel watching and a cup of coffee is an awesome way to start your day!

  28. Beverly says:

    We have 3 baby white tailed squirrels living in a tree in our back yard. Never seen them before.We live in Mishawaka, Indiana.

  29. LJ says:

    Saw my first white tail squirrel a couple of days ago in St. Benedict Kansas. Must be a sign of something if they are popping up all over the country.

  30. Sandy says:

    We have been watching a white tail squirrel in our yard, in Logansport Indiana… It was so neat when spotted…….Had never seen one before

  31. cassie says:

    I live in north-central Illinois and we have started seeing these white-tailed squirrels as well. I’m not sure if it a new species or a mutation.

  32. I am glad that I found this site, I got precisely the right information that I
    was searching for!

  33. Karen says:

    I live in Eau Claire, Michigan, and I spotted a white tail this morning.I couldn`t believe my eyes! How very beautiful and unique. This afternoon I spotted two more playing at the bottom of the tree right out my back door, what a treat. Three beautiful creatures of God.

  34. Brenda Wright says:

    I live in westland, michigan. Saw my first white tail squirrel yesterday. Thought I was seeing a freak but I guess they are everywhere. It was really a great sighting!

  35. Anonymous says:

    I just seen my first ever white tailed squirrel . Simply amazing . I didn’t know there was such a thing . Pretty cool . Greenville , Michigan

  36. Hannah wright says:

    We have actually noticed two or three white tailed squirrels in our tree that have brown bodies. The look around the same age so we believe there’re from the same liter

  37. James Deno says:

    We live in Northwestern Indiana, about 70 miles south of the southern most tip of Lake Michigan.
    3 weeks ago we observed 3 young whitetailed redish colored squirrels eating corn in our back yard. I think they are of the same family. Still seeing them every day eating ear corn we put out for that reason. Seeing them is a first for us.

  38. Anonymous says:

    We have a white tailed squirrel eating from our bird feeder in Orange City, Ia. Beautiful!!

  39. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the
    same subjects? Thank you!

  40. annonymous says:

    Saw white-tailed squirrel at my bird feeder in Fishers, Indiana

  41. Anonymous says:

    We have spotted 2 white tailed squirrels in our yard this week. So cool! We live near the lakeshore in Fairview, Pa.

  42. Anonymous says:

    We live in West Central Illinois and have been seeing the white tailed gray squirrels around our little town for the past year. Like others we thought they were an anomaly, guess not! We have visited Olney, IL and have seen the white squirrels there. All are beautiful.

  43. Marty Ford says:

    We live in Shelby County,(Indiana,)and have seen a few of these ”White Tailed Squirrels,,,,some has a white belly,,,,

  44. For the last month we have seen a white-tailed grayish squirrel in our back yard and running across the street. The first time I saw it – I could hardly believe it. Had never heard of it before.
    We live in Jenison, Michigan, near Grand Rapids.

  45. Anonymous says:

    We have a white tailed squirrel living in Ada MN.I hope that he or she never gets run over etc. I’m gonna try and get photo’s of it. I love to watch the squirrel and so do the neighbors.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Just saw one in Polk County, Florida a few minutes ago. A brown squirrel with a pure white tail.
    Was beautiful.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Saw one in Atlanta Ga. Never knew they existed. Beautiful……

  48. Anonymous says:

    I live in Montana and I now have 2 of these squirrels in my yard. This is the first time I have ever seen them. They really catch your eye!

  49. Craig Judge says:

    We have at least two that have been around for a few years now. I live in East Haddam CT. From what I’ve read online this is the farthest east anyone has seen one.

  50. dennis jines says:

    Today here in Fort Wayne Indiana outside of the school I work at we have six baby squirrels all with white tails. The mother looks to be a normal Red squirrel. Never seen these before around here and don’t know if they are all from same litter but they were all in the same tree and staying in that area of the tree. Thanks for having the Blog.

  51. Anonymous says:

    We live in Murfreesboro Tennessee. We have 2 white tailed Squirrels in our back yard. Just made pictures of one. It just sat on tree limb an looked at me, then ran away.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Sylvia ,well a pair of them have made it to VT. I LIVE IN WEST WINDSOR, am 81 and have never seen one before. hopefully they will have a litter.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I have a white tail squirrel in my yard. Burton Mi.

  54. I also live in Murfreesboro Tn. I have a white squirrel with gray tail in my yard. I have several photos of him. He comes on my deck and I throw him a peanut.

  55. Sorry there was no photo. I don’t see a way to post a photo on here as I would like to post a pic also.

  56. John Beaumont says:

    I’m on this site because I just saw a grey squirrel with a tail that had about 3-4 inches that was pure white. I was looking for info. Never saw one before. Lancaster, PA

  57. Mark Gresczuk says:

    I google the red squirrels with white tails because I have 2 of them coming to my back yard now,funny thing is I have the all red squirrels coming here to but their never out there togeather,when the white tailed one leaves the all red ones come,I live in Elizabeth Pa.This is the first time I seen that type of squirrel.

  58. G. Dash says:

    Hey Steve T. my husband spotted two white tailed squirrels W. End of Huntington Park in BV. June 30 2017 while painting with a friend. Grayish tan body… smaller bodied than the reds. Wild!

  59. I spotted one on my early morning walk in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. I couldn’t get a good photo on my cell phone in time so I appreciated finding your nice shots today to share with my family. (I learned that the $10 word for these unusually pigmented animals and birds is “leucitic.” Guess it sounds more sophisticated than “cottontail squirrel”!) My husband has recently taken up nature photography fairly seriously and we enjoyed perusing your work!

  60. We have seen a white tailed squirrel in the park across the street from us. Moose Jaw, Sask atchewan, Canada

  61. Roseanne Baldrey says:

    We have four baby (?) white-tailed squirrels here in Painesville, Ohio. Started seeing them a couple years ago. One has no tail or a small bit of white tail that looks like something got it and maybe bit if off. I wonder what has caused this new and obviously wide-spread mutation?

  62. ELLIOT STERN says:

    Hi Steve,
    I seem to remember on the Island seeing two pure white squirrels and they were around for at least 3 years. So I am not surprised that there would be a white bay out there as well. The Montclair island is a great place. Miss it.

  63. Galen Lapp says:

    Saw a white tail squirrel in my back yard. Wesley Chapel,Fl.

  64. Kurt Hlebak says:

    I live in a small town called eastlake ohio succluded streed many deer n other animals on street yesterday i saw a light brown squirrel with an amazing pure white tail unreal never saw anything

  65. ELLIOT STERN says:

    When we lived in where you are Steve, we used to see him all the time right at the beginning of the Island. Not sure if that is the same one or a relative but he or she has been on the Island for awhile if I am not mistaken.

  66. Bj says:

    My husband saw a white tailed squirrel in our feeder about a month ago. He kept seeing it. I did not. ( I thought he found the vodka bottle ) Had NEVER heard of such a creature. This morning, I got several pictures of it, in & coming out of the feeder. It was not the least bit worried with me about four feet away snapping pictures, Live in NW Ohio. Have seen a lot of black squirrels in Norwalk. But strangely enough, none 15 miles away. After reading comments, the white tail is not as uncommon in OH as I thought. We’ll be looking for new babies. And this time I will believe. Thanks for the info.

  67. Larry says:

    I have noticed one in my back yard the last couple of weeks but today I was watching it scurry across my garage roof and saw a smaller one one the other side of the yard.

  68. mary says:

    I just photographed a leucitic squirrel yesterday in Richfield, Ohio (Summit County). Besides the white tail, there is some loss of pigmentation part of the way up its hindquarters. (I just learned the easiest way to differentiate these from albinos is the normal eye color. Also, they more often have this partial hypopigmentation rather that total.)
    Thanks for posting this and to all who commented here so that I could learn more about this fascinating phenomenon.

  69. Anonymous says:

    I was camping at Chain O’Lakes State Park in Northern Indiana last week and saw a white tailed squirrel twice near the same tree! when I posted my picture of it on Facebook, another friend who also lives in Northern Indiana posted back with another white tailed squirrel eating out of her bird feeder on her deck!!

  70. Anonymous says:

    We just seen 2 white tail squrrels in our yard this spring in north east South Dakota

  71. john lamers says:

    We just seen 2 white tails squrrels this spring in our yard in north east south Dakota

  72. Anonymous says:

    Saw my first one in McPherson Kansas today

  73. William Groeneveld says:

    I have a white-tailed squirrel living in my backyard tree. I have still photos and a video

  74. Anonymous says:

    In in Carmel Indiana at Carmel senior living retirement community we have seen two whitetail squirrel one one keeps eating on the asphalt parking lot we wonder what is eating

  75. Christine says:

    Tks for sharing . This is the second summer that I noticed a squirrel with the underneath of its tail that was white . I thought my eyes were playing tricks . But because of yr postings , I no longer think that I’m imagining this .
    Signed ,
    Central Louisiana

  76. Paul Parks says:

    We were visited by a White Tailed Squirrel this morning in Kalamazoo Mi 49006. We took a video and this squirrel, and this was a treat to remember.

  77. Terry B says:

    I have a white tailed squirrel living in a tree in my yard as well, I am in a small city in northwest Ohio. Had never seen one before this year. It looks smaller than the normal squirrels around here. Finally got a picture of it tonight!

  78. Stanley says:

    Thaank you for sharing

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