What a rare sight… and for hunters would be considered a great “trophy”… HOWEVER.. this doe is in a ‘no hunting’ area and protected within those boundaries.
These White-tailed deer are called Piebald, deer that have either white patches or completely white. There are few that would actually survive to be as healthy as this doe, which makes her a true rare and honored sight.
The genetic effects of the piebaldism happens when both the buck and doe have a specific genetic code. If it is passed on to the fawn, there’s maybe a 50\50 chance that fawn will develop some type of deformity; bent legs, twisted backbones and/or other abnormalities, however some carry on to live happy and healthily lives.
These beautiful squirrels can camouflage themselves while laying on branches of an oak tree.
Turkey Oak and Longleaf pine habitats are favored for these fox squirrels. The male has a territory around 105 acres and females around 41. Their main food source is longleaf pine seeds and turkey oak acorns.
As the human population grows, their habitat decreases along with many, many other wildlife and plant species.
The Sherman’s fox squirrel is protected as a State Species of Special Concern by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.