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Sound Off: How common are albino squirrels in Lawrence?

Albino squirrels and partially albino squirrels are much more common in Lawrence than they would be outside of the city. Kansas University professor of ecology Robert Timm explained the reason in terms of natural selection. In the wild, albino squirrels stick out, making them easy prey for hawks and other predators. However in the city not as many predators exist, allowing the albinos to survive. Timm said being an albino sometimes actually helps the squirrels. “Because this is a different squirrel people put out extra food for it,” he said. “Most of our squirrel mortality is over winter.” These albino squirrels survive the winter at a higher rate and reproduce, creating more albino squirrels.


Shelley Bock 5 years, 3 months ago

And I thought albino squirrels were the survivors of close encounters with electric transformers.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 3 months ago

They're not survivors. They're GHOSTS! They skitter around trying to convince other squirrels to join their ranks...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZP!

LadyJ 5 years, 3 months ago

Haven't seen any albinos but I did see an almost all black squirrel out by FHS the other day.

50YearResident 5 years, 3 months ago

I had a black squirrel comming to my bird feeder until it got run over by a car. The last time I saw it was laying squashed in the middle of the street. Haven't seen one since.

patkindle 5 years, 3 months ago

is this politically correct? some one is probably offended
what about our diversity? cant we all just get along and not discriminate ?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 3 months ago

National Association for the Advancement of Rodent Americans

riverdrifter 5 years, 3 months ago

They're all over the place in the statehouse grounds in Topeka.

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