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Back Yard Pestilence


Back Yard Pestilence
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Copyright: Michael Porterfield (mporterf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 74 N: 82] (663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Squirrels [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-27 11:16
Viewed: 4642
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Squirrels are generally clever and persistent animals. In residential neighborhoods, they are notorious for eating out of bird feeders, digging in planting pots and flower beds to pull out bulbs which they chew on or to either bury or recover seeds and nuts and for inhabiting sheltered areas including attics and basements. Squirrels use their keen sense of smell to locate buried nuts and can dig extensive holes in the process. Birds, especially crows, will watch a squirrel bury a nut and will dig it up as soon as the squirrel leaves. Although expert climbers, and primarily arboreal, squirrels also thrive in urban environments that are largely free of trees.

Squirrels are sometimes considered pests because of their propensity to chew on various edible and inedible objects. This characteristic trait aids in maintaining sharp teeth, and because their teeth grow continuously, prevents over-growth.


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