Brad Rimbey of Temple Terrace Florida tells of seeing a Shermans Fox Squirrel on a hike, September 22, 2008, in the Withlacoochee Forest, Florida. He said "When I first saw it, I thought it was a ferret based on its size and the way it moved."
Studies on the endangered squirrel are underway. Pictures like these of a rare mammal are very rare. I hope these will not be the last pictures of the animal and that a significant management system (such as for the abundant eastern gray squirrel) can be designed and implemented that will keep the species at safe abundance. I'm hopeful that images and observations such as shown here may be gathered in NatureSeen a proposed enterprise in Rural System that captures and preserves observations of nature that are no-longer or rarely reported in technical or scientific journals.
The special significance of these creatures to me is their white markings which are (in my view) adaptations for regulating neural temperatures in the high ambient and nest temperatures of Florida. I can only marvel at the parasite loads these animals must sustain.
Photos with permission of Brad Rimbey.