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This is a Ground Squirrel (Xerus inauris) we came accross. We normally found them on the open plains, but this one approached our camp, looking for scraps of food.

Note that its ears are just simple openings in the sides of the head.

Gound squirrels eat leaves, grass, stems, bulbs, seeeds, roots and sometimes insects. Its habitat is open, dry plains with hard soils and thinly spread bushes. They dig burrows about 80cm underground, with many tunnels, corridors and entrances. Rooms in the burrows are lined with grass on which they rest.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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