EUROPEAN GROUND SQUIRREL
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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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What a cute little thing, Marius!
Wonderful capture from a nice point of view.
super good sharpness and nice light
good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks gr lou
- [2015-05-07 11:33]
Hi Marius,beautiful pose and impressive quality,a majestic capture of this ground squirrel in the best way as usual,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Another beautiful photograph of Ground Squirrel. Like your previous post of Squirrel, this one is also gave a great POV. Good details and natural color.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2015-05-08 3:04]
C'est beau ; finement détaillé dans une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.