Friday, 12 December 2008
European Suslik Citellus citellus (also spelt Souslik) is a small ground squirrel found in Eastern Europe. The photo here, taken in Serbia, shows freshly excavated burrows. A standard-sized mobile phone offers a size comparison. Susliks do not create mounds (like mole-rats and moles) the soil here is simply that which has been pushed out during the digging. Old holes are not surounded by soil. The entrances do not run in lines or a series as Susliks do not live in communal tunnels. Though they live communally each animal (or perhaps family) lives in its own separate burrow which may have 2 or 3 entrances, at least one of which is a vertical shaft.