Cape ground squirrel

Cape ground squirrel

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cape ground squirrel, Xerus inauris, with a tsamma melon. This rodent lives in arid open areas where it digs an extensive burrow system. It feeds on grass, roots, seeds, bulbs and termites, holding its bushy tail over its head as a sunshade. Cape ground squirrels live in colonies of 5-30 individuals and often share their burrows with other animals. Photographed in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa.

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Keywords: animal, arid, bushy tail, cape ground squirrel, diurnal, forager, foraging, harvesting, kalahari gemsbok national park, mammal, nature, omnivore, omnivorous, rodent, rolling, sandy, scrubland, south african, sunshade, terrestrial, wildlife, xerus inauris, zoology

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