The first issue is the large extended family. I had a hard enough time growing up with two sisters and a brother, can you imagine sharing a room with 5 to 13 siblings as well as several other generations all hanging around the house. A bigger issue is the fact that every minute of every day something is trying to eat you. For these squirrels, that I photographed at Crex Meadows, there are badgers, fox, coyotes, snakes, hawks, owls and more that are all looking to invite them for dinner. But without these guys, and other similar mammals we would not have a world because even though they get no respect they are the base of the worlds food chain.
Friday, January 7, 2011
It's a Tough Life
Life as a member of the rodent order must be really tough. Take this little fellow for instance. He would be classified as a ground squirrel, because he lives underground instead of in the trees. There are quite a few different species of ground squirrels in North America but all of them have many of the same problems in life.