Sussex County hosts two species of diurnal tree squirrel: Gray and Delmarva Fox
Gray squirrels are quite common while Delmarva fox squirrels are so rare they are on the federal Endangered Species list.
If you hold a Delaware hunting license, you are permitted to hunt gray squirrels but NOT fox squirrels. Before you shoot, take a good look at the squirrel in your crosshairs!
If you have seen a Delmarva fox squirrel, please call the Species Conservation and Research office (302-735-8651) and, if you have a camera, take a picture. Thanks!
FUR: Darker gray with rusty brown highlights
EARS: Longer and pointy
SIZE: Smaller with less bushy tail
Delmarva Fox Squirrel
FUR: Silver gray with creamy to white belly, ears and muzzle (rarely have any brown fur)
EARS: Shorter and wider
BELLY: Creamy white
SIZE: Longer with fuller tail
Regulations in red are new this year.
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