Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Squirrel Tales

Sharing some squirrel photos that were in my files:

February 2017: A hungry squirrel plundered for a snack in a mound of dead leaves and pine straw...

while another chattered and vigorously whipped his tail up and down.  He seemed to be looking dead at me- it's probably for the best that he doesn't speak English, lol.  

September 2016:  This precious little mama needed to steal away a few minutes to feed herself...

and this one had a parasite (larval stage of a warble botfly)- yes, it's pretty gross but it's a common parasite on squirrels (and other small mammals) and I posted it for those who are unfamiliar with botfly larva.  Read more about it here.

Poor baby- botfly infestation causes intense itching in the area and the result is hair loss from scratching.  He was fortunate to have only one and probably healed just fine once the warble dropped out.  If you really want to be grossed out, just watch some of the you tube videos of botflies- they're guaranteed to make your skin crawl.  *shiver*

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