Thursday, April 28, 2011

The A - Z April Challenge: X

X is for Xerus Rutilus

The Unstriped Ground Squirrel is a species of rodent native to East Africa.
Inhabiting open woodlands, this ground squirrel lives in colonies similar to those of North American prarie dogs and exhibits much the same behaviour.
While considered pests by local farmers, these little charmers are often kept as pets and given free run of the house.
For more A - Z posts, be sure to pop by Arlee Bird's site and see what others have done with the letter X...


Jo said...

Hi Lynette, these are similar to the tree squirrels found here in the valley. They live and breed in our ceiling but I often see them "flying" from tree to tree! Thanks for an interesting post once again. Jo

Katy Cameron said...

Mightily impressed you found an 'X', I don't think I'd have known where to begin!

adrielleroyale said...

So cute!! I'm actually a little sad to see this A-Z journey nearing it's end... :( But it sure has been a pleasure though! :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

X -- well played!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Cute little critter with an ostentatious name:) Clever you, finding an X! They do like like our western chipmunks dont they?

jabblog said...

I like squirrels! I like the noises they make, the way they play together, their agility.

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Janice. I like squirrels, too. They're such fun to watch. I never thought of them as an X word, however. Learn something new every day, so I guess this is mine for today. Thanks, Lynette.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel
PS: My verification word is thelazat, as in, pointing at a strange animal, "What thelazat?"

Pat said...

How fun to have a squirrel as a "pet." They are so cute (perhaps farmers might not think so).