Snowy imitating a Polar Bear
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|Snowy imitating a Polar Bear|
This individual is a rare variant of the Eastern Gray Squirrel
Class: Mammalia: Mammals
Order: Rodentia: Rodents
Size: body:23 - 30 cm (9 - 11 3/4 in), tail: 21 - 23 cm (8 1/4 - 9 in)
Family: Sciuridae: Squirrels
Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis
Range: S.E. Canada, E. U.S.A.; introduced in Britain and South Africa
Diet: Seeds, nuts
Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Habitat: hardwood forest
Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in our area. They are members of the Rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees.
Eastern Gray Squirrels can grow 17 to 20 inches long. They have grayish-brown fur, except for their bellies, which have pale fur. The tail often has silvery-tipped hairs at the end.
This animal does have a white phase, which means some of them are nearly all white; but these are not as common.
Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live in forests, but they are also seen in yards, gardens, and city parks. Basically, they live anywhere there are large, deciduous trees (trees whose leaves die in the Fall).
These squirrels live in trees year-round, either in cavities or nests they build out of leaves. Cavities are often old woodpecker holes. Nests are usually high up in tree crotches. Nests are hard to see in the Summer, because they are made with green leaves, and are hidden by foliage (leaves on the trees). They are easy to see in the Winter, when the nest leaves have turned brown and tree leaves fall to the ground.
The trees most commonly used by Eastern Gray Squirrels to live in are White Oak, American Beech, American Elm, Red Maple, and Sweetgum, though they will use others also.
Squirrels mate in the Winter, and you can often see males chasing females up, down, and around trees. Once mated, both the male and female build the nest.
Relationship to Humans:
Eastern Gray Squirrels have a love/hate relationship with people. They are the second-most fed and watched animals, after birds. They also help control plant populations by eating many seeds and fruits, and insect populations as well.
Eastern Gray Squirrels annoy people by taking over birdfeeders, nesting in attics, ruining garden vegetables such as cucumbers, eggplants, and pumpkins, and by "transplanting" flower bulbs to new locations. Many people wonder how a flower pops up in the middle of a lawn or some other strange place. It was probably moved by a squirrel.
Hope you like it.
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- [2004-12-02 16:32]
Otra hermosa imagen de esta ardilla con excelente POV y una muy buena iluminación.
El foco es algo soft, pero no desmerece la calidad de la imagen.
Another beautiful image of this squirrel with excellent POV and a very good illumination.
The focus is something soft, but not be unworthy of the quality of the image.
Sure this one has a very good coat to sleep in the winter. I am surprised hybernation did not begin for this creatures in Quebec jet. It must be very cold by now! It seems to be looking at you very interested. TFS.
Another good capture of this unusual creature,Luc.Its very pretty,but I don't think it would be a welcome addition to our forests.
(By the way,I always meant to ask you about your nickname...I have a friend with a chariot driver called Arjuna.)
Even if you didn't get the tail, that's a great shot. He's lovely.
- [2004-12-03 7:18]
Yes I like it. Nice to see rare specimens. Good interesting post. Well done Luc
This is so cute, Luc. A beauty. It's a nice shot showing us this rare critter. Pity about the tail, but it's a small nit. well done.
- [2004-12-03 10:58]
Luc, what a cute picture. Sharpness is great. Excellent composition. And our friend above seems to enjoy taking pictures.
Merci d'ajouter un écureuil peu répandu à la galerie. Très sympathique petit personnage, bien pris sur le vif. Malgré le contraste de lumière assez vif sur le pelage, celui-ci est très bien rendu et bien équilibré. Belle photo, Luc.
- [2004-12-04 1:17]
You are safe, unless you imatate a seal! You had to crop the tail, Polar bears don have tails like these. Very well done and thanks for posting.