In , our only Souslik was joined by a pair from Edinburgh Zoo. After hibernation, in spring , we were saw the first litter born. Learn more about the European ground squirrel – with amazing European ground squirrel videos, photos and facts on Arkive. Spermophilus citellus with the common name European souslik, belongs to the Mammals group.

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It is included in the Biological Diversity Act, Annex 2. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world. A genus tends to contain species that have characteristics in common.

Soon after emerging there is a scramble amongst the males to gain access to the reproductively active females. The major part of critical threats to European souslik is linked to agriculture eiropean the most important factor shaping the current habitats of S.

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Which species are on the road to recovery? This year, the number of Imperial Eagle pairs increased by another one, and after three years without a change in th It is a diurnal animal, living in colonies of individual burrows in pastures or grassy embankments. Being diurnal and social, the souslik is a good species for educational purposes and an ideal ambassador for its threatened grassland habitat.


The Europexn ground squirrel belongs to a genus commonly duropean to as the sousliks, with representatives spread throughout the northern hemisphere from California to China 3. Rodents of Unusual Size communitycoypudocumentaryecosystemenvironmentfilmmakerfilmmakinginvasiveinvasive speciesrodentsUSAWetlandswildlife Monday 24 September Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: Breeding takes place in early summer when a single litter of five to eight young is borne.

Steppe Semi-arid grassland with few trees.

European Souslik, European Ground Squirrel

The European ground squirrel is a colonial animal and is mainly diurnal. Share on Facebook Tweet Send email.

The current species range is divided in two by the Carpathian Mountains. European ground squirrel habitat An inhabitant of open landscape without dense vegetation cover, the European ground squirrel is normally found in short-grass habitats on light, well-drained soils 1 3. The fur is yellow-grey and unspotted or only indistinctly spotted on the upper parts.

European Souslik

Share this image — Hide sharing options. The annual life cycle has a marked periodicity: Effective application of the Biological Diversity Act for priority preservation of its habitats by working out regional management plans in the context of the programmes for the development of rural regions and, in particular, the implementation of traditional practices for pasture animal breeding.

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At the very end coincidence of these factors leads to extinction of local European souslik populations. Views Read Edit View history. Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: Citellus is 3 to 5 years. The planning of the Natura network of protected territories is adapted to the current state of the species. Each individual occupies a separate chamber and during this period, the body temperature drops to 2.


Baja California rock squirrel Spermophilus atricapillus. Wild goat Capra aegagrus. It does soislik settle in arable areas, although it enters them for feeding [2]. X Close Image credit. For instance if the payments in AES require late mowing of grasslands due to focus on some bird species, this can harm some species which need short grass throughout the vegetation season end of May and June — like European souslik.

Ueropean breeds once yearly. Urbanization and road building have sometimes fragmented communities and prevented recolonisation of empty sites.

Harris’s antelope squirrel A. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Like all squirrels, it is a member of the rodent order. Currently a reintroduction project for which zoos provide animals is being undertaken in Poland.

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