Harris' Antelope Squirrel by Kimberly Chadwick

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9th Place in the Hit me with your best shot Challenge!

Taken at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

To distinguish an antelope squirrel from other members of the squirrel family, look for the conspicuous white stripe that runs along each side from shoulder to flank. In addition, the antelope squirrel runs with its tail curls over its back, displaying a lighter-colored underside.

The Harris’ antelope squirrel lives up to its scientific name, which means “lover of sand and seed”. It climbs through cacti to dine on their fruit and seeds, sometimes staining its face and forepaws with cactus juices.

This squirrel often makes its presence known by a long, shrill that resembles a bird’s in clarity. The approach of any real danger or imagined danger is greeted by violent flicks of the expressive tail and vocal expressions of disapproval.

Unlike other ground squirrels, chipmunks and prairie dogs, this diurnal animal is active most of the year. While inclement weather will send the antelope squirrel to the shelter of its burrow, it re-emerges on sunny days. During Summer and early Fall, it forages early in the morning, escaping heat and drought by retreating to its cool underground burrow for most of the day.

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My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Oh my, what a sweet capture.

  • Hehe, thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    excellent capture and great focus!

  • I appreciate that Edyta, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 4 years ago

    Too cute! Great capture, Kimberly!

  • Thank you Daniel, I was quite taken with this little guy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    What a little sweetie, Kimberly! Lovely captures (both). ;o)

  • Thank you very much Krys, your visit always make my day!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelover 4 years ago

  • What a thrill, thank you so very much for the honor my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • iamnirak
    iamnirakover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Karin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • I appreciate that Lorilee, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Well isn’t that the cutest thing ever!! Looks like it is giving you attitude!

  • He was, chirping at me and flicking that lil tail of his. I couldn’t help it though…Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaover 4 years ago

    Very sweet!

  • Thank you Ingrid!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Your welcome Kimberly

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