Nonnatives - Mexican Red-bellied Squirrel

Mexican Red-bellied Squirrel - Sciurus aureogaster

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

Native of Mexico introduced on Elliot Key in Biscayne Bay in 1938, Dade County, where it still persists despite the impact of Hurricane Andrew. Was formerly also on nearby Adams Key and Sand Key, but its status there is not known.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
DADE 1938   At least 10 years  

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