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Meerkat
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Copyright: christophe kenny (Seiei) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 30] (127)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-04
Categories: Mammals
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-11 13:04
Viewed: 10630
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The meerkat is a small diurnal herpestid (mongoose) weighing on average about 731 grams (1.61 pounds) for males and 720 grams (1.58 pounds) for females. Its long slender body and limbs give it a body length of 25 to 35 cm (10 to 14 inches) and an added tail length of 17 to 25 cm (7 to 10 inches). Its tail is not bushy like all other mongoose species, but is rather long and thin and tapers to a black or reddish coloured pointed tip. The meerkat uses its tail to balance when standing upright. Its face tapers, coming to a point at the nose, which is brown. The eyes always have black patches around them, which help deflect the sun's glare. The meerkat has small black crescent-shaped ears that can close when digging to keep sand out. Like cats, meerkats have binocular vision, a large peripheral range, depth perception, and eyes on the front of their faces.

At the end of each of a meerkat's "fingers" is a non-retractable, strong, 2 cm (.8 inches) long, curved claw used for digging their underground burrows and digging for prey. Claws are also used with muscular hindlegs to help them climb the occasional tree. They have four toes on each foot and long slender limbs. The coat is usually fawn-coloured peppered with gray, tan, or brown with a silver tint. They have short parallel stripes across their backs, extending from the base of the tail to the shoulders. The patterns of stripes are unique to each meerkat. The underside of the meerkat has no markings but the belly has a patch which is only sparsely covered with hair and shows the black skin underneath. The meerkat uses this area to absorb heat while standing on its rear legs, usually early in the morning after cold desert nights.

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bonsoir
eh bien faut pas se géner, mettre les pieds dans le plat, n' est guère poli!!!!! humour
mignonne photo de cet animal inconnu pour moi
merci
edith

I think this little fella is trying to say stay away from my food! ;) Nice shot.

Greg

hi : very close up capture of this angry meerkat beautiful colours with nice Bg
good composition TFS well done.
regards
ridvan

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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2007-05-15 13:08]
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What a pretty animal this is?
It has a n'ce smile :)
Nice photo congs.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-16 8:02]

Hello Christophe,
he loves his food so don't go near it. Vicious little gritter, you captured in a mean pose.
Funny facial expression and nice details.
TFS..Sky

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  • Deull (18)
  • [2007-06-01 5:12]

Il a pas l'air très partageur.
Joli cliché, ça change de voir des suricates en train de guetter sur les 2 pattes arrières.

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