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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- [2019-05-06 3:51]
The opportunity to work with such exciting and excellent composition, the sharpness at it's height and beautiful frame.
Nice catch, TFS.
- [2019-05-06 11:40]
Hi Marius,wonderful capture of this wils squirrel,not easy but a great result very very sharp,i like the blurred carpet made by the grass too. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Extremely sharp image Marius.
Very fine POV and framing, beautiful light and softness, TFS
You have a good eye contact with the animal. The point of view is showing the details of the European Ground Squirrel. The light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.