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Old 06-20-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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I'm not sure what it was. I have never seen it before. It looked like a squirrel/ferret/skunk and a raccoon crossed. It was about the size of a possum and stood upright like a prairie dog. I'm sure it wasn't a squirrel. It was larger and had a striped bushy tail. Any ideas what it could be?
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I'm not sure what it was. I have never seen it before. It looked like a squirrel/ferret/skunk and a raccoon crossed. It was about the size of a possum and stood upright like a prairie dog. I'm sure it wasn't a squirrel. It was larger and had a striped bushy tail. Any ideas what it could be?
Fox Squirrel maybe.
They are larger and have longer bushier tails.

http://www.wkrg.com/user_content/user_photos/outdoors/nature/cache/Fox_Squirrel2_medium-400x600.jpg (broken link)[
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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I agree with Mike, probably a fox squirrel. If you have never seen one, your first look at them can be surprising as they can get pretty big.

Only other thing that comes to mind is perhaps a mangy raccoon because of the striped tail that was mentioned.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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In Colorado they have squirels that are black and have rabbit ears. I had heard that in China they have them as big as house cats. Now that would be a shock.

I live about halfway between Orlando and Daytona and I have ony seen the regular variety of squirel.
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Aha! The bottom picture is probably a close resemblance. Thank you very much for your help. I thought it might have been some kind of marsupial released here or something. The one I seen had stripes on its tail and different colors on its torso area. Its also the biggest squirrel I have ever seen thats for sure.
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I would love to see a pic.....
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: In the sunshine on a ship with a plank
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In Minnesota they have solid black and solid white squirrels. I was shocked when I saw them but nobody there seems to be impressed.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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Hey...We, too..! Both my husband and I have spotted a creature that exactly fits your description...a cross between a squirrel and a raccoon. We live most of the time in north-cental FL, but this siting is at our place in CA, in the Sacramento Valley.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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A well-informed friend suggested we have seen a Ring-tailed cat. After a visit to Wikipedia, we think so, too. But interesting to note that the supposed habitat does not include Florida. Here are some photos. http://www.birdfotos.com/misc/ring-tailed-cat/cat01.htm
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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A well-informed friend suggested we have seen a Ring-tailed cat. After a visit to Wikipedia, we think so, too. But interesting to note that the supposed habitat does not include Florida. Here are some photos. http://www.birdfotos.com/misc/ring-tailed-cat/cat01.htm
Being a Fox Squirrel and a Ringtail are close in size and slightly similar in looks, the chances are much higher that it was a Fox Squirrel since this is it's habitat.
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