The fox squirrel, named for its fox-like tail, is a charismatic mammal approximately twice the size of the common gray squirrel. The coloration of the fox squirrel is highly variable, ranging from a creamy tan to all black. In Florida, the fox squirrel can be found in almost every county, but the distribution is patchy and not well understood. For more information about fox squirrels in Florida, click here: FWC Fox Squirrel

The purpose of this survey is to understand the current distribution of fox squirrel in Florida on a landscape level. The last distribution survey was completed in 1997 and much has changed in Florida since that time. Information provided by this survey will be used to create a statewide fox squirrel distribution map. This survey is part of a research project through the University of Florida. If you have any questions or are willing to share your fox squirrel photos, email Elina Garrison at
To submit a fox squirrel sighting:
  • Use the Google map application below to position your recent sighting location as well as the date of the sighting.
  • Please be as specific as possible when selecting the location by zooming in as far as possible to select your location.
  • Indicate if you are a professional (biologist, natural resource professional, forester, professor, etc) or general public category to provide further information concerning benefits of citizen based science.
  • Your name, organization and email address are optional.
Thank you very much for your participation in this survey, without the help of everyone throughout the great state of Florida, data collected in this survey would not be possible.
  1. Marker indicates the current coordinates.
  2. To modify coordinates zoom and drag the marker to the desired location.
  3. Complete the date, Organization and/or user name, contact email, upload one or two photos if you have them, then press Save.
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