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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: 2009-09-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-27 20:34
Viewed: 2954
Points: 2
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California Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus beecheyi

The California Ground Squirrel is an important species for several reasons. It is a food source, high in protein and crunchiness, feeding the likes of Golden Eagles, Rattle Snakes, Coyotes, Badgers, Red-tailed Hawks, Bobcats, Mountain Lions, and so many others. They’s good eating.

They are also a collector and gatherer of seeds (their species name Spermophilus actually means lover or afficionado of seeds.) By their gathering and collecting of seeds such as acorns, they perform the important function of moving the seeds and planting them in places where wind and gravity can not take them. They are gardeners and planters of the mighty oak and of our grasslands. They are good.

Their burrows provide important habitat for various species, ranging from salamanders to frogs to mice. They have a large niche that they help other animals fill.


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hello Manyee
beautiful scene the background particular, very good output
TFS thanks for sharing

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