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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- [2017-12-03 13:20]
Hi Marius,something to different in your gallery,a great memory of the last summer with this amazing squirrel in a lovely position,the colors are the effect of the very dry season,like a monochrome,impressive timing and quality of sharpness. Have a good night and thanks,Luciano
- [2017-12-04 6:20]
Very beautiful photo of this Ground Squirrel in splendid natural colours and excellent sharpness. Perfect timing with this pose and eye contact. Good DOF.
- [2017-12-06 9:35]
Great shot of this cute little ground squirrel. Beautiful specimen captured in an eye catching upright pose. Excellent quality while displaying exceptional detail and natural warm color tones.
We do not have ground squirrels here in Ohio, but in our western states we do.