EUROPEAN GROUND SQUIRRE
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|EUROPEAN GROUND SQUIRREL (SPERMOPHILUS CITELLUS)|
The European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus), also known as the European souslik, is a species from the squirrel family Sciuridae and is besides the speckled ground squirrel (Spermophilus suslicus) the only European representative of the genus Spermophilus. Like all squirrels, it is a member of the rodent order.
The European ground squirrel grows to a length of approximately 20 cm and a weight of between 200 and 400 g. It is a diurnal animal, living in colonies of individual burrows in pastures or grassy embankments. The squirrels emerge during the day to feed upon seeds, plant shoots and roots or flightless invertebrates. The colonies maintain sentinels who whistle at the sight of a predator, bringing the pack scurrying back to safety.
The European ground squirrel hibernates between autumn and March, depending on the climate. In preparation they will build up reserves of brown fat during the late summer.
In early summer, between 5 and 8 cubs are born in one litter.
It is to be found throughout eastern Europe from southern Ukraine, to Asia Minor, Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and north as far as Poland.
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- [2019-03-04 2:31]
Fantastic photo of this Ground Squirrel, close to perfection. Taken from the best low POV. Splendid sharpness, details and colours. Excellent DOF.
- [2019-03-04 21:34]
Just wanted to hear the call that mostly seen in documentary about this creature, well exposed and composed nice shot.
- [2019-03-05 5:11]
Adorable posture, Marius.
The exposure level is perfect with catch-light in the eye of the subject.
- [2019-03-06 2:50]
Hi Marius,great pose and top quality pic,wonderful way to show us this ground squirrell,always in a perfect way! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
perfect capture and composition, greetings Ori