A BISCUIT A DAY...? by Magaret Meintjes

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GROENLAND SAFARI’S % GAMELODGE, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

THE TREE SQUIRREL – Paraxerus cepapi

These all brown diurnal squirrels, with lighter underparts, are a common feature of the drier savannah bushveld and woodland. Their undulating run along the ground and rapid passage up into a tree are both common sight.
These small animals are usually solitary but pairs, or a small party of a female and two young, may be seen. However, groups of two adult males or females, accompanied by sub-adults, or in the breeding season as many as seven young live together. They will mob a predator, vocalizing a penetrating clicking sound and flicking their tails, while sitting on a safe vantage point. Should the danger increase so will the intensity of the clicking, which will rise to a harsh rattle, while the tail-flickering tempo is similarity increased? In extreme danger they will utter a high pitched whistle.
A common sight in the bushveld is an individual about to enter a nesting hole and being confronted by the occupant, Nose to nose a mutual sniffing will ensure and, if the visitor is from the same group, it will be allowed to visit, but if not, will be chased off.
They are very agile in their arboreal habitat, able to leap for distances up to two meters. They forage on the ground and when disturbed tend to head for their nesting hole, which may mean leaping from tree to tree, they also habitually lie flat on a branch, relying on camouflage and waiting for the danger to pass. They also tend to place themselves behind a branch or tree trunk away from perceived danger.
Their nests are in holes in trees, generally made by woodpeckers; these are grass and leaf lined. Their vocalization, apart from the alarms, is a long drawn-out ‘tchuk-tchuk-tchuk’ interspersed with single ‘tchuks’, which are accompanied by tail-flicking.
Enemies are mongooses, caracal, genets, larger birds of prey and pythons. One two three, usually two, young are produced.
FOOD: They are predominantly vegetarians, eating flowers, leaves, bark, fruit and tender shoots of a wide variety of trees. Both sexes bury hard food, such as nuts, in scattered localities. They are very secretive about doing this and never do so in the presence of another squirrel, despite this stealing does take place.

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  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 6 years ago

    Cute shot Maggie what a star he is.

  • Thank you so much my dear friend, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 6 years ago

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 6 years ago

    Yes I agree with Steven…..Cute shot. And thanks for the info……interesting.

  • Thank you Olitto for yet another very kind comment, really appreciate it, take care my friend!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • KMorral
    KMorralalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture- interesting to see they do vary their diet a little!

  • Thank you dear friend, yes they are like little vacuum cleaners! take care! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • emmy2
    emmy2almost 6 years ago

    Too cute for words. Wonderful capture!!!

  • Thank you again my dear friend for your time and sweet comments, hugs xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago


  • Thank you sweet friend! xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyalmost 6 years ago

    Awesome capture Mags. cheers carol

  • Thank you so much dear Carol hugs xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • VintageXposure
    VintageXposurealmost 6 years ago

    Such a sweet shot!

  • Thank you so much for your time and kind comment Vintage, much appreciated! Take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic ,cool

  • Thank you so much Scott!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    congratulations you have been featured in the Squirrels group.

  • Thank you so much for featuring my work, I am honored, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

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