Residents of Osage, are doing a double-take at the appearance of white-tailed squirrels that have appeared in the neighborhood.
The white-tailed squirrels “are unique,” said Vince Evelsizer, wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “To be honest, it’s more common in Iowa to see all-black squirrels than a white-tailed one.”
A homeowner in Osage has seen as many as three playing in a yard.
The unusual specimens have been seen at different locations throughout town.
White-tailed squirrels are relatively rare, Evelsizer said. He had not seen one before.
These are not albino squirrels. The color variation can come from a recessive trait that will occasionally appear in the genetic line. The color variation is more often seen in gray squirrels, Evelsizer said.
If the mother has a white tail, that characteristic is carried to offspring.