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not a chipmunk?

not a chipmunk?
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-01
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-20 14:15
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Points: 12
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Continuing with my collection of small furry animals I have what I think is a Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel. When I took the photo I thought this was a chipmunk but it doesn't have any facial markings.

Wikipedia says this about the Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
"The Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis) lives in all types of forests across North America. It eats seeds, nuts, berries, insects, and underground fungi. It is eaten by hawks, jays, weasels, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes. A typical creature ranges from 23–30 cm (9–12 in) in length.

The Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel can be identified by its chipmunk-like stripes and coloration, but unlike chipmunks, it lacks any facial stripes. It is commonly found living in the same habitat as Uinta Chipmunks.

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. By comparison, when a more typical ground squirrel is threatened by a predator, it has to drop its food if it wants to make a quick getaway.

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels dig shallow burrows up to 30m (100 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 4–6 young each summer.

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".

I have a whole series of photos for this chap as he/she kept popping in and out of his/her burrow.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-20 15:09]

Hi Karan, your little friend, the Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, appears quite a cute little character. Good capture, and the light in his eye is good - I think I can see you in it too. And his side stripes stand out well. Very good job, thank you...

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-06-20 15:21]

Nice shot. I was guessing chipmunk. But you have done a great job of depicting his home, so that helps identify him.
P.S. If he's lonely, show him his brother...

Hi Karen

The composition is great with good lighting and clear details.
Well done! :-)

Bonjour Karan,
J'aime beaucoup cette photo. Ce petit écureuil attentif est adorable. Belles couleurs, beaux détails.
Félicitations !
Bonne journée

Hello Karan,
Very interesting and cute subject you captured. Wow! so close indeed and sharpness, pov, pose of the squirrel, framing, details all are great! i appreciated you, cause you photographed fast squirrel on its natural habitat. Congrats!

This is a beautiful crisp, clean shot of an animal that spooks really easily. Well done.

Did you enjoy your trip through the Rockies?


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