UP CLOSE IN PROFILE - THE TREE SQUIRREL- Paraxerus cepapi by Magaret Meintjes

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CAPTURED LOCATION: THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

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Lens: Sigma 70-300mm DG
Focal Length: 300mm
1/320 sec – F/5.6

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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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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    Aaaw, I just love these chaps Mags! We have the Ground Squirrels here in Tarlton (Waaierstertgrondeekhoring) and they are real little characters, seemingly taunting the dogs before disappearing down one of their many burrows!

  • Thank you so much Maree, they are facinating and pleasure to watch! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    So beautiful!!!

  • Thank you so much Elizabeth xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago


    Happy Halloween
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 4 years ago

    a beautiful capture, awesome image,have a great weekend,dawnx

  • Thank you so much sweet and the same to you hugsxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 4 years ago

    This is such a fabulous close up image of this adorable critter….laura

  • Thank you so much Laura x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for a great honor, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Just so adorable! What a fantastic capture this is.

  • Thank you so much!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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