The black squirrel is a melanistic subgroup of the eastern grey squirrel. They are common in the Midwestern United States, Ontario, Quebec, parts of the Northeastern United States and Britain.

The black squirrel is a melanistic subgroup of the eastern grey squirrel. They are common in the Midwestern United States, Ontario, Quebec, parts of the Northeastern United States and Britain.

The silver fox is a melanistic form of red fox. Melanism is when the animal's coloring is much darker than normal.  Interestingly, fox squirrels, who have brownish body fur and reddish tummy fur also have a melanistic form that resembles this.  I had a "black" fox squirrel that I hand raised.  He lived to be 12 years old, a full ten years longer than he would have in the wild.

Such A Beautiful Animal

The silver fox is a melanistic form of red fox. Melanism is when the animal's coloring is much darker than normal. Interestingly, fox squirrels, who have brownish body fur and reddish tummy fur also have a melanistic form that resembles this. I had a "black" fox squirrel that I hand raised. He lived to be 12 years old, a full ten years longer than he would have in the wild.

Melanistic Wolf--A hybrid of this and a German Shepherd would be BEYOND amazing.

Melanistic Wolf--A hybrid of this and a German Shepherd would be BEYOND amazing.

Black Elephant, Sri Lanka.  I've spent a fair amount of time in Sri Lanka but never seen one like this!

Black Elephant, Sri Lanka. I've spent a fair amount of time in Sri Lanka but never seen one like this!

Black Lion Looks Amazing - Hmmm.  I'm not sure but he looks Photoshopped.  If there is a melanistic  lion like this out there, I would be appropriately amazed and astounded.  Not to mention entirely in love.

Black Lion Looks Amazing

Black Lion Looks Amazing - Hmmm. I'm not sure but he looks Photoshopped. If there is a melanistic lion like this out there, I would be appropriately amazed and astounded. Not to mention entirely in love.

Black Beauties: 10 Amazing Melanistic Animals | WebEcoist

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Rare black serval. Serval's are used to breed Savannahs. They use Ocicats, and several other exotics to come up with the Savannah.

Curious Creatures of Africa

Rare black serval. Serval's are used to breed Savannahs. They use Ocicats, and several other exotics to come up with the Savannah.

We have Melanistic or "Black" squirrels here in the Pacific Northwest - they are so cute!!

We have Melanistic or "Black" squirrels here in the Pacific Northwest - they are so cute!!

Melanistic Chinstrap Penguin! I love this because he looks like a ninja in a belaclava

Melanistic Chinstrap Penguin! I love this because he looks like a ninja in a belaclava

Black Squirrels were imported to Kent, OH from Canada. Love seeing Black Squirrels in Leland.:

Black Squirrels were imported to Kent, OH from Canada. Love seeing Black Squirrels in Leland.:

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