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|Spermophilus xanthorpymnus is known as "Gelengi" or "Anatolian Ground squirrel". We found a colony of 20-30 animals in Yağlıdere Köyü, Şamanlı Yaylası (2239 m) just after heavy rain, July 2005, 05th. The yayla (high plateau) is located between Gumushane and Trabzon provinces. Many summer nomads, especially from Yomra (Trabzon) used there for grassland of their herds.|
S. xanthoprymnus is a very rare species in Karadeniz (Black Sea) Region. One of local populations can be seen in this area. It is most common in central and eastern Anadolu. In these areas, many people think that these animals were field mice. So, many animals were killed for protection crops. In actually, they are ground squirrels, not field mice.
These animals on photographes were subadult. Youngs were playing each other when I took.
Thanks for reading and interesting.
Best wishes from Niğde
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- [2007-04-14 20:30]
A very clear capture of these European versions of our Richardson's Ground Squirrel . Alberta has many of our version , and they are food for many of our hunting birds . TFS , Kevin .
Ahmet merhaba , çok net ve güzel bir komp. Gelengileri ikisi birarada yakalamışsın , eline sağlık.
- [2007-04-16 15:16]
Netlik ve sevimlilik harika, elinize sağlık.
bu sevimli hayvanları güzel görüntülemişsin. eline sağlık.