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Transcript of Fox Squirrel
~The Delmarva Fox Squirrel is a wide tail, small & round ears, and an acorn-shaped like head.
~Scientific Name: Sciurus niger cinereus
~How humans impact the habitat:
-1) Humans want landowners to provide the habitat for the fox squirrels, so some just want to leave the fox squirrels alone.
-2) Since some fox sqirrels live near the Chesapeake, we (humans) need to keep the Chesapeake clean in order for the fox squirrels to live.
-3) Sometimes we can be predators to them because we use some of their habitat in the forest for logging and development. So destroy some of their trees and grasses for benefiting us. By Katricia Viterbo Welcome Delmarva Fox Squirrel Food Webs/Food Chains There are some different types of foods that the Delmarva Fox Squirrel eats. For example, the natural food diet they eat is nuts, seeds, acorns. Also, sometimes fruits, fungi, insects, and green pinecones. Their food chain for their natural diet is trees->seeds->acorns->Fox Squirrel. A food chain is a system of foods that shows one predator getting energy from an organism. So their energy pyramid would look like this. Symbiotic Relationships -The Fox Squirrel mate in late winters and early springs. They mate with other fox squirrels. This would be mutualism because a mutualism is a meeting between 2 organisms in which both are benefited.
-Humans are big predators because, us humans caused loss of habitat for them from development and logging. Us humans would be parasitism because, were hurting the fox squirrel's habitats, so we can use it for logging and development. Parasitism is a relationship and break where one organism is benefited and the other is hurt. Also, predators are organisms who hurt other organisms to get energy and benefit themselves.
-Raccoons, opossums and rat snakes could prey on young squirrels so sometimes they could also be commensalism because sometimes even though they prey after young squirrels, the older squirrels don't get affected. Commensalism is a relationship between 2 organisms where one is benefited and the other organism is not affected at all.
Red foxes, minks, weasels, raptors, and unleashed dogs and cats are also predators but they also compete for the same resources, such as nuts and seeds. So, they would be competition. Competition is where more than 2 organisms are against one another for the same resources. Since they eat multiple foods, the fox squirrel would have a food web. A food web is connected food chains to show multiple predators and more sources of energy. Their food web would look like this