Munching on a black walnut left over from last year's crop, April 2014
The Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is one of Indiana's four tree squirrels. Other tree squirrels are Fox Squirrel, Gray Squirrel and Southern Flying Squirrel. Red Squirrels, also known as Pine Squirrels or "Pineys" are found mainly in central and northern Indiana. Red squirrels prefer the seeds of pine cones from conifer trees but are found in the hardwood deciduous forests of the state also. Black walnuts seem to be a favorite of Fox Island's Pineys. Red squirrels can be extremely destructive to a home owner's property but are very beneficial as foresters by burying large numbers of nuts and seeds.