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Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel


Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-08 11:22
Viewed: 2007
Points: 10
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Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
Callosperm-philus lateralis

The golden-mantled ground squirrel is a type of ground squirrel found in mountainous areas of western North America.

The golden-mantled ground squirrel is abundant throughout its range and is equally at home in a wide variety of forest habitats as well as rocky meadows, and even sagebrush flats.

The golden-mantled ground squirrel is similar to chipmunks in more than just its appearance. Although it is a traditional hibernator, building up its body fat so to survive the winter asleep, it is also known to store some food in its burrow, like the chipmunk, for consumption upon waking in the spring. Both the golden-mantled ground squirrel and the chipmunk have cheek pouches for carrying food. Cheek pouches allow them to transport food back to their nests and still run at full speed on all fours. Golden-mantled ground squirrels dig shallow burrows up to 30 metres (98 ft) in length with the openings hidden in a hollow log or under tree roots or a boulder. The female gives birth to a single litter of 46 young each summer.

It eats seeds, nuts, berries, insects, and underground fungi. It is preyed upon by hawks, jays, weasels, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2014-10-08 11:55]

Hi Manyee,i don't know how friendly is it,but this pic is absolutely perfect,what a detail and colors,you were lucky with the light,but great to catch so well this great opportunity,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-08 11:58]

Hello Manyee,
Fantastic presentation of this Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel. Excellent sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. Fine pose with eye contact.
Regards,
Peter

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-10-08 11:59]

Beautiful portrait of this ground squirrel. Great colors and find details.

TFS,

Ishi

Manyee hello,
A sheer delight to view this fellow/a.
Great eye contact too.
It was a pleasure to go through your presentation.
Sharp, detailed and done with taste.
Best and most kind regards from Mario in Canada.
P.S. Please click here >>> FEARLESS OF MAN.

Hello Manyee,
Taken at the right moment, some great details, we catch almost our breath lest it evaporates.
Flo

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