Squirrel Sunbathing


The tree squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi cepapi) is a common inhabitant of the Mana Pools National Park. Generally an herbivore feeding on leaves, roots and berries, it is known to take the occasional insect, when opportunity presents. This little fellow is on the orgy list, since attempts by females at mating will trigger oestrus cycles in others in the area, prolific mating and eventually, synchronized births, an amazing quirk of nature. They raise their young in family groups only ousting the young when they become sexually mature. Their worst enemies are arboreal snakes, especially the Boomslang and Black Mamba.
(Canon 7D; f/6.7; 1/750sec; ISO-320; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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3 thoughts on “Squirrel Sunbathing

  1. What a lovely shot of a difficult and uncooperative subject – normally one only sees their bum disappearing behind a tree! Really like it, and in such beautiful light.

    David

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