Douglas Squirrel

(Tamiasciurus douglasii)

The Coast Range, Willamette Valley, Klamath Mountains, West Cascades, East Cascades, Basin and Range, and Blue Mountains.

Adults are about 14 inches in length including the tail, and weigh between 150 and 300 grams. Their appearance varies according to the season. In the summer, they are grayish with pale orange on the chest and belly. In the winter, the coat is browner and the underside is grayer.

Diet and habitat  
They mostly eat seeds of conifer trees, but also consume nuts, fruit, sap, bird eggs, insects and fungi. Unlike many other types of tree squirrels, they lack cheek pouches in which to hold food. Widespread in western Oregon, they inhabit mixed conifer, lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, white oak and mixed conifer-hardwood forest types.

Predators and threats
Douglas squirrels are preyed upon by hawks, owls, the American marten, bobcats and house cats.

They produce one to eight young per year.


9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210        
Portland, OR 97225        
Phone: 971-673-2944        
Fax: 971-673-2946

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