Round-tailed Ground Squirrel ~ Baby by Kimberly Chadwick

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel ~ Baby by 

7-26-10 3rd Place in the Critters On The Move Challenge!

Taken in Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot Sx10IS at Sweetwater Wetlands. Two babies let me sit 4feet away from them and just photograph their antics. I will admit, the babies sure are adorable!

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel

This small ground squirrel received its name for its pencil-like tail. Its cinnamon-tan coat lacks the contrasting spots and strips sported by others of its family.

They are often associated with creosote bush flats, where its tawny coat blends well with the brown clay soil. Unlike its relatives, it does not climb to a vantage point to scout for danger (though they do climb short heights for food). Instead, it will run a short distance, then settle motionless on the ground to survey the situation. If something arouses its curiosity, the animal will stand high on its high legs to see over any low obstacle, using its tail as a third leg of a tripod for balance.

This squirrel dines primarily on green vegetation of the desert floor, Readily climbing shrubs and small trees, it often ventures shakily to the end of the branch to reach a particularly tempting bud or tip. Its diurnal activity pattern includes a fast-disappearing custom – the afternoon siesta. By 10a.m., with a full tummy, it retires from the heat of the surface to the coolness of the burrow. by 3p.m., as the heat begins dissipating, the round-tail re-emerges from its home until sundown.

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  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 5 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":

  • I appreciate that Joycelone, thank you ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 5 years ago

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 5 years ago

    Awwwwwwww adorable little soul,

  • Couldn’t help myself. They are cute when they aren’t tearing things

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Strolling right along. Wonderful image – such a fine wee fellow.

  • Hehe, thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 5 years ago

    oohh such a cutie

  • I would have to agree, they are adorable at this stage. No worries other than to get away from sibling…lol. Thank you Angel!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely capture of this little cutie.

  • Thank you Trish~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture, looks like he’s trying to pass by unseen, love it, Dave

  • It was right at this point I sat down and he stopped to watch me, then carried on and about his business…lol Much appreciated!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your SWEET image has placed in the TOP TEN of the Squirrels and Chipmunks Challenge, “On The Move!”

  • Thanks Lorilee! I appreciate the recognition Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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