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what animal is it?

Postby congiorno » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:10 am

hi
i've taken this picture in august or september in yosemite ntnl park near to tenaya lake, can anyone help me with identyfying this rodent, i'm not american so even if it's a very common squirrel it doesn't help me a lot - in europe squirells are red ;) this is the link

http://img489.imageshack.us/my.php?imag ... aya5da.jpg

thanks in advance



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Postby Hikin Mike » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:53 am

Maybe a Douglas Squirrel? They are common here, but the info I saw on them shows a red-orange tint to the belly. This guy doesn't have one, so I'm not 100% sure.
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Postby SSSdave » Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:47 pm

That front view makes it difficult to be certain about but I'd guess a belding ground squirrel especially if it was taken at higher elevation meadows.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/w ... ml#belding

http://www.monobasinresearch.org/research/squirrels.htm
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Postby Ratboy » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:52 pm

While the post leads to a site for squirrels in Washington State, it does have multiple photos of squirrels for identification.

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/diversty/soc/wgraysquirrels/index.htm

This page also lists a common wildlife located at Yosemite...happy hunting.

http://www.yosemite.national-park.com/info.htm

Speculation aside, take a gander at the information and let us all know. I agree it is tough to identify a squirrel from the front, but the one in the photo is grey (gray), and found on the west coast...
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Postby SierraVisions » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:52 pm

It is a Belding Ground squirrel.
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Postby mountaineer » Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:11 pm

While everybody is identifying the animal, I will say that it is a nice photograph! :)
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Postby SSSdave » Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:17 pm

Was going through an old box of Kodachromes today and noticed this image I shot at Thousand Island Lake in 1981 then remembered this thread:

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Really cute little bugger chewing on a piece of red stem fireweed. And I even remember thinking how unafraid she was. Amazing how our wonderful human minds can remember such distant in the past and mundane things when we simply see an old photo.

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