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RED - Sciurus vulgaris

By Sezz    
The red squirrel has a typical head-and-body length of 19 to 23 cm, a tail length of 15 to 20 cm and a mass of 250 to 340g. The red squirrel is somewhat smaller than the eastern grey squirrel. It is thought that the long tail helps the squirrel to balance and steer when jumping from tree to tree and running along branches.

The coat of the red squirrel varies in colour with time of year and location. There are several different coat colour morphs ranging from black to red. Red coats are most common in Great Britain; in other parts of Europe and Asia different coat colours co-exist within populations, much like hair colour in some human populations. The underside of the squirrel is always white-cream in colour. The red squirrel sheds its coat twice a year, switching from a thinner summer coat to a thicker, darker winter coat with noticeably larger ear-tufts (a prominent distinguishing feature of this species) between August and November. The red squirrel, like most tree squirrels, has sharp, curved claws to enable it to climb and descend broad tree trunks, thin branches and even house walls.

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome
Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: Winter Surrey Lingfield Bwc Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Wildlife and nature South east

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andy210966 13 4 119 Wales
9 Jan 2011 2:12PM
A splendid shot Sarah! Lovely detail and depth of field.

9 Jan 2011 2:16PM
What a wonderful capture Sarah - I've yet to see a red squirrel !

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
9 Jan 2011 2:21PM
Superb close-up of the red squirrel, the detail captured being top notch.
Suehh 14 39 6 England
9 Jan 2011 2:38PM
Superb and beautiful shot Sarah! I have never seen a red squirrel - not even when I lived in Scotland!

Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
9 Jan 2011 3:10PM
Fabulous close-up, the detail is wonderful. And it's so darn cute!............Sandy
Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 3:41PM
Its a great shot Sarah, lovely detail.
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
9 Jan 2011 3:45PM
excellent shot love the colour of his coat well captured
Kenfromsot 13 61 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 3:49PM
Superb shot...would grace any wildlife mag/website

accipiter 12 61 England
9 Jan 2011 3:57PM
Excellent capture. A
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 4:13PM
Gorgeous - do you still have them in Kent? We have them in Northumberland but they seem to be in retreat.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
9 Jan 2011 4:20PM
Thanks everyone Smile I was hoping to see a lot more of the squirrels here but I only say one all day, this is the only shot I got of him/her!

Moira I am not sure although there were reported sightings of red squirrels at Seal nr Sevenoaks last October.

Sarah x
teocali 13 442 18 England
9 Jan 2011 4:36PM
Superbly detailed capture Sarah - wonderful eye, coat colours and textures. I only saw one fleetingly and didn't manage to get a shot of it!
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
9 Jan 2011 4:40PM
lovely detail.lesley
9 Jan 2011 4:41PM
WOW! this is brilliant Sarah, a lovely shot so very well taken. Not just a Foxy Lady then ? Smile

John Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
9 Jan 2011 5:10PM
A super quality close-up, Sarah, the detail is stunning... especially viewed large. Love it Smile
TrevB Smile
VidB 13 11 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 5:33PM
Superb detail and colours, well captured
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 5:56PM
Classic Sezz quality image and fab description!
RobDougall 14 25 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 6:49PM
Another beauty!
SugarDJ 13 1 England
9 Jan 2011 9:00PM
Another terrific capture!

lianna 11 13 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2011 6:40AM
This is superb Sarah... A beautiful capture x x x
DeSilver Plus
14 14 12 England
10 Jan 2011 8:28AM
Great picture accompanied by a very good write up. Smile
Glad its a Red and and not one of those American pox spreading grey tree rats. Tongue
Sorry but I hate those grey things!

LesF 15 182 9
10 Jan 2011 8:41AM
Considering your not a wildlife tog, this is superb Sarah, love it

JeniTLC 13 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2011 11:16AM
Metro6R4 10 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2011 3:11PM
Wow, I have just had a look through your Portfolio & may I say top class work....
Sezz 16 619 15 England
10 Jan 2011 3:22PM
Your time, comments and clicks really are appreciated - thank you so much Smile

Sarah x
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
29 Jan 2011 6:20PM
Simply beautiful Sarah, they are such enchanting little creatures and you've captured some wonderful detail and rich colour in his/her fur

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