Thursday, January 8, 2009

Life Photo Meme: New

ground squirrels by you.

Kingdom: Animlia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Rodentia

Family: Sciuridea

I am not exactly sure what kind of squirrel this is, but I suspect that it is a California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi). These guys seem to be exploiting a new habitat, as humans tend to give them peanuts along the rocky coast area. They seem to live under the rubble provided to shore up the shoreline.

This is not a new photo, but one that I took a couple of weeks ago on my last collecting trip. I am currently on a collecting trip in Washington and Oregon, so expect new photos from that when I get back!

1 comment:

Eric Heupel said...

It's the pacific beach bum squirrel!
(I wouldn't mind their life!)