American Red Squirrel of Alaska

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Common Name: American Red Squirrel
Latin: Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Iñupiaq: saqjataiyaq, saqalataayiq
Yup'ik: qiguiq*, qiguir(aq*)
Tlingit: kals'áak, kanals'áak

Alaska Range Map

Habitat of American Red Squirrel in Alaska

Viewing Scale

Chances of seeing American Red Squirrel in Alaska


American Red Squirrel have brown backs with reddish-orange highlight, and a black undertone, with a white underside.

Diet & Habitat

Red Squirrels are often found in or near conifers, preferring cone seeds. However they eat spruce buds, needles, mushrooms, other buds, berries, and flowers. They've also been known to eat bird eggs and very young snowshoe hare.

Red Squirrels range through much of Alaska.