Great White Squirrels: Are they albinos?

Albino or not?: Is this an ablino squirrel or just a white variety of a regular squirrel. Check out the eyes to find out.
Albino or not?: Is this an ablino squirrel or just a white variety of a regular squirrel. Check out the eyes to find out.
Have I been working too hard lately, or was that a white squirrel I just saw?

The past couple weeks I’ve seen more white squirrels than I’ve ever see before and I was all excited that I was finding rare albino versions of the animal. After poking around on the Internet, however, I’ve discovered there’s a lot more to this than meets my eyes.

Thanks to information I found on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website, just because an animal is white (when it normally isn’t that color) doesn’t mean that it’s an albino. Conversely, an albino animal doesn’t have to be totally white, either.

The answers can all be found in the animal’s genes. Animals that have strong white coloration lack the genetics to produce the pigment melanin.

An albino member of a species inherits genes that interrupt the making of melanin. But other members of the same species may have other factors that block melanin production, making the animal look all white. The key difference can be found in the eyes.

An albino will have pink or light blue eyes, shades that are very uncommon to the animal. A white, non-albino will have eyes that are usual color of its species, usually black. From what I’ve seen lately, the white squirrels I’ve been seeing have black eyes. The estimated rate of albinism in squirrels is estimated at one in 100,000.

Of course, there are some other all white mammals. They’re called leucistic. Polar bears are leucistic year round, while snowshoe hares have a leucistic phase in the white, giving them good cover in the winter snows.

Getting back to the white squirrels, there are a number of towns across North America that celebrate their white furry critter. For instance, in Olney, Illinois, protects and fosters their growth. They’ve had laws on the books to protect the white rodents since 1902 and had a population that grew to 1,000 at one time. Today, there are about 200. Olney, along with towns in North Carolina, California, Texas and Ontario, use the white squirrels as tourist attractions.

The book is still out on if albinism is a detriment to survival. On first thought, being all-white would be a huge disadvantage to being spotted by a predator, you might think. But through more study naturalists have come to believe predators may not recognize a white-version of their prey as food. In studying albino birds, researchers have found that the white-feathered creatures have a hard time finding a mate -- another reason why the albino genes become so rare.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

White squirrel: photo by Art Oglesby
This albino squirrel moved into my yard about three months ago. It seems to be getting along with the other 3 or 4 squirrels that already live on our property. I was pretty unhappy when they spent a couple of winters in my shed. They chewed up two croquette sets and thier urine stripped the paint off my bike. They mainly hang out on the back deck and in the tree out front. Once in a while they chew on my plants. Once, when I built a fire in the fireplace, one dropped down the chimney into the fire. I had to let him into the house by opening the glass doors. With his tail in flames he went under the sofa. Eventually I got it outdoors. I like watching them when they act "squirrely", like doing back flips, jumping straight up, and other craziness.

posted on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 9:27am
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Anonymous says:

wouldnt he set your couch on fire

posted on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 6:33pm
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christian1 says:

what do they eat/

posted on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 5:20pm
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transplanted from FL to MN says:

In addition to the fact that the squirels are HUGE in MN compared to FL, last week I saw two white squirels playing in NE Minneapolis last week. I did not know such critters existed! Nice to find info on them.

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 12:58pm
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Anonymous says:

thats interesting

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 3:01pm
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Erica says:

I live in a small town in Wisconsin and we have 2 white squirrels that live in my neighborhood. They are the coolest animals to watch. They aren't like normal gray ones. They do weird stuff....They remind me of mice....they fit into the smallest places. They live in a roof across the street and the hole they go into is so small. It amazes me to watch them. Any ways, we got them in Wisconsin also!!!

posted on Tue, 10/23/2007 - 11:16am
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Anonymous says:

We have a frisky white squirrel running around in our yard in Silver Spring, MD . We have been observing it for about 3 weeks. Yesterday I was close enough to see its pink eyes. He doesn't seem to roam too far away and we do see him every day. So far we have not been able to determine where its nest is located but it is probably in one of the nearby trees.

posted on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 11:53am
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Nikki says:

I just moved from Tampa,Florida.I now live in Silver Spring Md for about 7mths now I recently seen a white squirrel in my boyfriends fathers nextdoor neighbers backyard.They backyards are not fenced in.This was an adult with red eyes beautiful.Never seen anything like that in Fla.

posted on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 3:11am
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anonymous says:

I'm a mail carrier in a small town in nebraska. I have recently dicovered 3 white little guys on my route! I don't know how many neb has but I would like to find out

posted on Thu, 11/01/2007 - 9:45pm
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alice says:

I saw a white squirrel in Oberlin, Ohio and I was told there are quite a few of them there.

posted on Sun, 12/02/2007 - 9:34pm
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Slats says:

Saw a white squirrel in Selma Ohio yesterday.

posted on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 8:19am
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Anonymous says:

I live in windsor ontario canada and i saw, aon my way home from school a white squirrel..... I have never seen one before and never even knew that they existed. So i looked it up on the internet and i was surprised of what i saw!

i am so happy that i know about them.....nnoow i can do my next speech on them.!

but i still dont understand why there was a white squirrel in windsor ontario!!!!

posted on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 3:09pm
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Anonymous says:

I live in Belle River Ontario and we have a little white squirrel that runs across our back fence ...yesterday I saw it following a pure black squirrel very close, run inning across the back fence then up the tree branch and then they came back about twenty minutes later but went by before I could grab my phone to get a time I'll be ready...I really want to see if it has red, blue or black eyes....

posted on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 5:17pm
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Susan says:

About a couple of months ago I noticed something white running in the trees in my back yard. At first I thought it was a white cat but I did not have my glasses on either. I took out the binoculars and low and behold I realized it was a white squirrel.
It was shocking for me since I have only ever seen a regular gray squirrel and some black squirrels in the past. The black ones which have different fur on their tails compared to the grays. I saw the black squirrels up in Princeton. I was told they were brought here from England years and years ago.
I never ever heard of a white one though.
My grand daughter saw it too. A few weeks later she had been over her friends house where she and her friend noticed one in their yard too.
South Jersey

posted on Sun, 01/27/2008 - 11:16am
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MEG says:

I recently saw a golden squirrel. We have the common Eastern Grey Squirrels in our area. I am familiar with the other species so I believe it is a color variant of the common grey. Has anyone ever seen a squirrel the color of honey?

posted on Mon, 03/17/2008 - 10:10am
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heart says:

The other day, here in Oxford, MA, I saw a White Squirrel scurry across my back yard...I thought first was a chinchila or a small white cat. It jumped on a large decorative rock and sat up...that is when I realized it was a squirrel! Now I have never heard of such a thing, let alone have seen a white squirrel in my life, I thought it was a regualar squirrel that must of gotten into some paint or something. My boyfriend mentioned they are really rare...but I've googled and looked up websites, seems these adorable little creatures are all over the place!! Maybe they are not a true a sense, truly are a blended breed of squirrels, hell I don't know, but I do know i have seen all sorts of new creatures in my back yard since i moved from the west coast, to here the east coast in Massachusettes. :)

posted on Sat, 03/29/2008 - 4:45pm
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Anonymous says:

there are a few white squirrel at phalen lake....i have seen it a few time...also have anyone seen an albino white tail deer? i would love to see one...let me know of any places in mn...

posted on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 2:49pm
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I eat thumbs. says:

hi my name is ben purman and one day, i saw a white squirrel

posted on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 6:45pm
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June says:

I am the Wildlife Coordinator for the Wildlife Rescue Coalition Of Northeast Florida Inc. and we have an Albino squirrel. He was brought to the wildlife center on August 8th and was 3-4 weeks old. and weighed 75 grams. He fell out of the nest and was very dehydrated when he came in. I fed him electrolytes and gave him sub-Q lactated ringers most of the first 2 days. After 24 hours I started giving him a very week formula solution. The first 2 days were touch and go. After that he started to get stronger and took his formula much better.

At first I thought he was older because of his size. He was huge for a baby. At 3 months he is larger than a grown gray squirrel. His name is Josh.

We are using him as a teaching tool and everyone who sees him loves him. He always draws a crowd to our booth, which helps to get people to listen to what our organization does and to try to save all wildlife for future generations.

Josh is very smart and will crawl out of bed and come to me when I call his name. He also knows he is special.

posted on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 7:21pm
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Anonymous says:

We had three white squirrels in our backyard a couple weeks ago. More recently, it has been one or two running around our yard in Falcon Heights, MN.
I have also seen others within a couple mile radius of our home.

Any other MN sightings? Or can I proclaim the Falcon Heights/Roseville area the "white squirrel capital of MN?"

posted on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 12:25am
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Thor says:

I regularly see a pair of white squirrels in the Highland Park area of St. Paul. Maybe we can share the "White Squirrel Capital" title!!!

posted on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 9:04am
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Anonymous says:

We can share the title with Highland Park.
I checked out the eyes of one of the white squirrels and they are pink!

posted on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 9:35pm
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SarahLee says:

We've got a set of white squirrels living in the woodsy area next to our apartment building in Coon Rapids, MN. The only two around from what I can tell, all the other squirrels in the yard are of the normal color varieties. Have yet to get close enough to stare one in the eye and figure out whether or not they are truly albino creatures.

posted on Sat, 06/27/2009 - 9:10pm
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1ladybug says:

Champlin Minnesota also has an all white one living by parents house,the other ones dont play with him.I dont know what color its eyes are.Very cute but sad the others dont play with him!

posted on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 4:45am
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TJK says:

I've seen two white squirrel standing together near 1721 MARION ST in ROSEVILLE, MN. I believe that at least one of them had reddish eyes.

posted on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:01am
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gramps says:

We saw a completely white squirrel today on our walk to the end of our street and back. We live in sand prairie, south of wabasha mn, by the river.

posted on Sun, 09/20/2015 - 10:34pm
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Anonymous says:

In the spring, there was a litter of squirrels born in the big elm tree on the boulevard in front of my house. 3 grays and one albino. I would put corn at the bottom of the tree for them to eat and so I could watch them. In July the tree was condemned due to dutch elm and a few months later it was cut down. I was so sad for my tree and for my squirrels. Anyway, I still see them including the white one every day. I put a feeder in my front yard. I have lived in my house in South Minneapolis for 18 years, and this is the first albino squirrel in my neighborhood.

posted on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 12:39am
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taylor says:

They are so cute squirrels.I would like to put a stop people from hunting squirrels

posted on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 6:39pm
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rayiaharris says:

hahaha! wowzers. i seen plenty in my life time. if you actually take the time and look at them they are pretty cute.

posted on Mon, 01/12/2009 - 10:57am
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J.Z. says:

What are their predators??????????????

posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:25pm
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ARTiFactor says:

Same as regular squirrels, I think.

posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:47pm
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Anonymous says:

me and my husband so a white squirrel today and thought it was the weirdiest thing we thought we were crazy . thanks for letting us know we was not insane

posted on Sat, 02/28/2009 - 9:42pm
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semore butts says:

i have seen many white squirrels around the twin cities

posted on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 3:02pm
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Anthony says:

I have a white squirrel in my back yard. Napoleon, Ohio.
It is the first time in my life I have ever seen one in my
40 plus years. Awesome.

posted on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 6:28pm
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Anonymous says:

My beautiful white squirrel is gone.....I have not seen her for over a month. She started to wander further and further away from my house and I think someone did away with her.

It is so sad, but I was lucky to get to see her and feed her for a year and a half.

I love you Angel, where ever you are...........

posted on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 11:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Just saw an albino squirrel in Eden Prairie, Minnesota today!

posted on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 10:22pm
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Anonymous says:

I have had two albino squirrel sightings in the last two weeks -- I had never seen one before. Both ran across the road in front of me when I was in my car. I thought the first one was lucky for me (as opposed to a black cat) -- and it was. I won a large jackpot at Treasure Island Casino that weekend. I just saw the other one today -- Maybe I'll go to the Island again this weekend! I wonder if they are becoming more prevalent...wierd to see two in two weeks...

posted on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 9:00pm
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Nancy O says:

We have a number of albino squirrels in Greenhills, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati in Winton Woods. We watched two for several years. Recently 4 very young ones appeared. I am interested in doing research for a book about these delightful little creatures.

posted on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:12am
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Mike W says:

I have just recently moved to the Forest Park/Greenhills area from the Northwestern part of Cincinnati. As a 40+ year old, avid hunter and fisherman, I have seen my share of squirrels but have never seen a white one. Since moving to this area and more specifically within the past month I have had two white squirrel sightings myself. The first sighting was while driving within my neiborhood on Cascade Rd., a white squirrel ran across the street directly in front of my car. It suprised me and was as if I'd seen a ghost. The second sighting was while driving on Lakeview Dr. headed toward Sharon Rd. A white squirrel just seemed to appear out of nowhere in the grass on the right side of the raod near the tree line. One of the coolest things I have ever seen.
Good luck with your research. If I have any more sightings, I will keep you posted.


posted on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 8:12am
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Mike W says:

Believe it or not, I just had another sighting while driving home from the bank. I turned onto Carlsbad from Lakeview and it ran across the street in front of me. I was able to get a few (blurry) photo's on my blackberry, but don't know to attach them to this posting.


posted on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 11:14am
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bdubya76 says:

Mike W, I live on Cranford and I saw the same squirrel you are talking about on Saturday (12/12). I was turning left from Carnegie onto Carlsbad and saw him climbing a tree on Carlsbad right after you make the turn (on the rightside of Carlsbad). I slammed on my brakes bc I couldn't believe what I saw. I tried to get a pic of him but it was difficult with my camera phone.


posted on Mon, 12/14/2009 - 12:16pm
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Anonymous says:

Hi, we were in Portsmouth victoria park today,and my son spotted a white squirrel. Luckily he had a camera on his wrist and got a couple of pictures. We believe he was an Albino ! How great this was to see . . .

posted on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 12:39pm
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Anonymous says:

why are they white and and not brown

posted on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 9:51pm
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Countrygirl says:

We live in Molalla, Oregon on eleven acres. This weekend we saw for the first time, a very large white albino squirrel. White as can be and large as a grey squirrel. it was beautiful to see. My husband has seen it a couple times now. Live on !!

posted on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 12:57pm
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Linda Gutierrez says:

I was excited to see a white squirrel in Naples Florida

posted on Sat, 04/24/2010 - 8:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

today for the first time in my life i saw a white squirrel and it was beautiful and amazing we live in Marysville OH

posted on Thu, 05/13/2010 - 1:28pm
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KelsiDayle says:

This is a sort-of-related note about white (not albino) otters. I kind of have a thing for otters. Seriously, no other animal has as much fun! Have you ever spent some time watching them play at the Minnesota Zoo in the Russia's Grizzly Cost exhibit? Absolute cuteness. Anyway, my Otter Radar recently picked up these adorable pictures of white otters. They have a similar abnormal pigment disorder as white (not albino) squirrels. Enjoy!

posted on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 11:00am
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Anonymous says:

Yesterday my dog and I were out for a walk and I saw my first white squirrel. I ran home and got my camera and was lucky enougt to get a picture of it.
Greenwood Arkansas

posted on Wed, 05/19/2010 - 3:20pm
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Anonymous says:

OMG, my albino squirrel is back! I just saw her this morning.....have not seen her since August of 2009. When she saw me she came running over as she knows that I feed her. It is such a relief to know she is still alive!

posted on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 2:07pm
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Anonymous says:

Cool! I would love to see an aalbino squirrel outside of my house!

posted on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 12:34pm
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Anonymous says:

yes it's albino!

posted on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 10:58am
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Anonymous says:

I spotted a white squirrel in Columbus Ohio this morning... victorian village area. I thought I was cracking up at first.

posted on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 6:59am
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Old George says:

in '2008 I saw & took pictures of a white
squirrel. The sighting was witnessed by a local contractor . Where or who can look at these four photos and tell just what we saw. Hopefully someone will e-mail me.

In Maryland white squirrel 's are very, very rare. Thanks , Old George

posted on Wed, 06/30/2010 - 8:35pm
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Anonymous says:

I have never seen a white squirrel in my life but one day sitting on my balcony seen a white figure running across the back yard. At first, it creeped me out, it was chased down a tree by a gray squirrel, and that gray squirrel stood by the tree to make sure the white squirrel wouldn't return. I started to make noises so I could get his attention. Suprisingly he followed my voice and wasn't afraid. Totally freaked me out! I have this interesting creature on video coming towards me and seems kinda friendly.

posted on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 2:35pm
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Anonymous says:

Kenton Tenn is home to a colony of estimated 200 white squirrels. They are proud of their white squirrels, and woe be to any one who tries to capture them to take to their town.

posted on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 4:33pm
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Anonymous says:

I have lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 52 years, as a child I never remember seeing a white squirrel. Since 1990 I have lived in 3 suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and in all 3 locations I have had the opportunity to see white squirrels. I lived In the Camden area of Minneapolis in the 1990's and we had 2 or 3 of them each year, from 2000 - 2005, I lived in Robbinsdale and also saw them on a regular basis. I now live in Eagan and the whole neighorhood has a large population of white squirrels. In Minneapolis we had at least one albino, in Eagan, I do not think they are albino. I came to the internet wondering why the increase in a white squirrel population, but I have not found an answer. It looks like they are still somewhat rare, but they seem to be a part of my life.

posted on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 6:39am
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ARTiFactor says:

Living in Como Park for about 15 yrs, I remember seeing 2 white squirrels out of a wild guess at a population of 100(?). One was run over and the other killed by a hawk.

posted on Sat, 09/18/2010 - 9:21am
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Anonymous says:

Thanks for the info! My kids and I just spotted a white squirrel in Innis Woods park outside of Columbus, OH. I never knew such a creature existed! We got a few pictures and I'm hoping we can zoom in enough to check out the eyes.

posted on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 4:45pm
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Ryan says:

I live in the Crystal/Robbinsdale, MN area, and we've got at least two albinos in the area. I see them on a regular basis--my great dane is quite enthralled by them.

The regular greys don't seem to like them. Of course, the reds don't seem to like the greys, either :)

posted on Fri, 10/22/2010 - 8:01am
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c says:

We have one in central NJ this fall.... eyes are light brown... honey-colored.

posted on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 6:58pm
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Anonymous says:

Over the past several years, I've seen white squirrels in three different parts of our neighborhood in Pickerington, OH. This winter and spring one has become a regular visitor to (or resident of) our yard. It loves the woodpecker suet in our bird feeder and seems to be the only squirrel that can hang upside down get the suet with its front paws. It has pink eyes, and it's fur appears to be darkening a little this week.

posted on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 1:39pm
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Anonymous says:

We periodically have white squirrel(s) in our neighborhood, and one appeared this past weekend. Compared to the chubby grays this one was looking very skinny.
This morning I saw it again along with nine gray squirrels, which is a lot of grays for my back yard. I could hear all the chattering and running around but did not pay much attention. When I finally did look outside, the white squirrel had blood up by its ears and the top of its head. It looked like the grays were ganging up on it. I chased the grays out of my yard but now they are back chasing the white squirrel.
We named the squirrel Sue, from the Johnny Cash song, "A Boy Named Sue."
Falcon Heights, Mn

posted on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:08am
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Anonymous says:

My husband and I were walking thru this little park, in our hometown, which we never walked thru before. I saw something ahead in the tall grass, which was white. As we got alittle closer, we noticed it was a white squirrel, or maybe Albino.
We never saw anything like that in our hometown before. It was something to see.
The squirrel then went into the woods, and disappeared. We were astounded to see a white squirrel!!

posted on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 6:03am
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Rox says:

I've lived in the Linden Hills neighborhood of SW Minneapolis for almost 20 years. We see white squirrels every year (I had always assumed they were all albino), and I've seen them occasionally as I drive around the chain of lakes and up Theodore Wirth Parkway. As I sit here typing this, I'm watching one run up and down the trunk of a tree across the alley. She/he was on a tree outside our kitchen window yesterday, and we were able to see that it had red eyes (so, yes, an albino), but that the undercoat wasn't totally white. The ones we've seen before have always appeared to be pure white. Very interesting that there can be non-albino white squirrels and albino squirrels that aren't pure white.

posted on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:12am
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Anonymous says:

I spent Thanksgiving Day in Northridge, California, where my daughter has two white squirrels - big and beautiful with black eyes, meaning they're not albinos - I couldn't believe it until I witnessed these gorgeous creatures with my own eyes. My daughter feeds them peanuts and they're so tame they practically run up the leg of her pants when she walks outside to see them! These little guys are pure white. My mom says in eighty-five years she's never seen a white squirrel - until yesterday, that is. ;)

posted on Fri, 11/25/2011 - 5:52pm
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Liz Dunn Waz Here says:

I personally think that they are albino. An albino (anything) is known to be white and with red eyes... This particular squirrel is in fact white with red eyes.

posted on Sat, 11/26/2011 - 5:06pm
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Kassandra says:

I live in Stewart BC. Canada and I have never heard of white squirrels before until last night, me and a friend seen a white squirrel run across the road in front of us, it looked like it had black eyes, and was the cutest thing I have ever seen! so we have them up here in northern canada!

posted on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 6:29pm
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Lesa says:

We have a large colony of white (leucistic) squirrels in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with many on the campus of Western Kentucky University. I've lived here over 24 years and the population is stable. They have no gray or brown markings at all.

posted on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 2:04pm
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Chet Bays says:

Yes, and our Bowling Green squirrels are not albinos, and they have been in the City for at least 63 years. I saw my first one in a tree outside the old Business University in 1949.

posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:00pm
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Chet Bays says:

Yes, and they are not albinos. I saw my first white squirrel in Bowling Green in a tree outside the old Business University in 1949, so they have been here for at least 63 years

posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:02pm
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alyssa says:

yes, they are because they have pink eyes.

posted on Sat, 01/21/2012 - 1:33pm
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Scott Jameson says:

white squirrels in eagan,mn. black eyes,not pink. have seen them for the last 8 years.

posted on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 5:12pm
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Rich says:

Here in Andover, MA, USA, there is a growing community of white [NOT ALBINO] squirrels. These white squirrels are a little larger than the much more common grey squirrels, but they have black eyes, not red eyes. So they're not albinos. I would estimate that there are at least 30 of these in the yards of the 5 to 7 houses surrounding ours.

posted on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 5:22pm
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Samiam says:

I have seen a white squirell twice in Andover !! Each time on my way to ballardvale . AMAZING!

posted on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 7:36am
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27pd says:

I saw a white squirrel crossing dascomb road in Andover MA on may 26, 2014. First one I've ever seen.

posted on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:29pm
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user 29 says:

Just saw a white squirrel in Andover on Dascomb Road at Bannister road, too! Snow white, very fluffy and large. Couldn't see it's eyes though. July 9, 2015

posted on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:33am
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mars23 says:

My yard has no pesticides or grass chemicals and alot of birds and bugs and deer even once a bear have been here. This morning I saw what I thought was a white cat at first . But it was a white squirrel. Not an albino no red eyes. Big squirrel and well fed and healthy fluffy tail. Ran straight up the tree that is leaning to one side Lot of foliage on that tree. I live in Ramsey NJ and I dont think there are many in this area.

posted on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 8:59pm
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TJ says:

We just had an albino squirrel move into our yard (Minnesota) a couple of weeks ago. He is fun to watch..gets chased by the other 'regulars' quite a bit. I am wondering if he could be just passing through or making this his new home. Hmmm... he just appeared from out of nowhere. Does he have family or is he a loner? So many questions I have!

posted on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 8:45am
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Zoe says:

Saw a white squirrel in Oberlin, Ohio.
ALSO I was told there are quite a few of them there.

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posted on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 4:11am
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Becky says:

For the past two weeks I have been watching a white squirrel in our back yard. I took pictures but it is difficult to see if it is a true elbino as the eyes do not show well on camera. We have a squirrel feeder and we have plenty of gray, black, and red but the white squirrel appears more timid and will not come to the feeder. But it is fun to watch.

posted on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 7:16am
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Gloria says:

I saw a white squirrel in Savage, Mn. today 10/3/12.

posted on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 9:59am
kay's picture
kay says:

I saw a white squirrell in Parsons Kansas today.

posted on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 8:08pm
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Kristi says:

Saw my first white squirrel today! Anoka, MN

posted on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 9:59pm
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kissy says:

Sidney ohio had one. Found him this morning right in the road. :( First time I ever seen him was in the same exact spot . I slammed on my brakes to avoid him. Thought I was crazy, my neighbor later showed me photos of him feeding it. Poor squirrel! Slow down ppl.

posted on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 7:25pm
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Ron says:

I work as a mail carrier in south Minneapolis and have seen several to many white squirrels the past few years. Took a photo of one today - it appears to have black eyes.

posted on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 9:07pm
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Kjunie says:

Hi all... I live in West St. Paul, MN amd this year my neighborhood has a larger than normal population is white squirrels... And one is without a doubt an albino! I was born and raised here, never in my 30 yrs have I seem so many white squirrels in the same season.... There has always been one to pop up over the years, but not like this. The population has exploded! The albino is really extraordinary and interesting to watch. All the squirrels, regardless of color, act as squirrels do...I am curious as to what may be causing the increased sightings of not only white squirrels, but also the once thought to be rare albinos??? It appears they are not only becoming more common in Minnesota, but in other states as well!

posted on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 7:43pm


posted on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:00pm
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mie chie says:

i see albino squrles all over town in the winter time
but that might be because i train them and they come to me by instinkt

posted on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 3:00pm
beth's picture
beth says:

i live in overland park Kansas and we have an albino squirrel in our neighborhood I've only seen one it has pink eyes. I hope it brings good luck

posted on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:33pm
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Jessie says:

My boyfriend and I live close to Macdill down the road from Rollin' Oats grocery store in Tampa, FL. We have an albino squirrel with red eyes that loves to dig in our yard and take our bird feed. Of course I don't mind. He puts on quite the show. Yes, I've been close enough to it to know it is a male. I just witnessed a cat almost about to pounce on him though until this lady chased the cat away. Whew...

posted on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:33pm
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Anonymous says:

I saw a white with black eyes today, in Boston? How'd he get here

posted on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:32pm

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