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You might be familiar with the 2 common squirrels roaming in your parks and your backyard. One of them is the California ground squirrel and the other is the Eastern gray squirrel.
What's the difference between the two you ask, after all, aren't all squirrels just doing squirrely things?
You see, just the California ground squirrel is native to California, while the Eastern Gray Squirrel is from the east coast. Well, how do you know that?
Spend a few minutes beside it and it won't be able to help itself from boasting that the best bagels and pizzas are because of the water on the east coast and the only Christmas worth celebrating is a white Christmas.

While the Eastern Gray Squirrels are entertaining to watch if you have finished all the episodes of Tiger King, California ground squirrels can provide hours of entertainment especially when it has a litter.
California ground squirrels have a fairly big litter size and can be spotted coming out to soak some sun in the morning, but there will always be an adult around to babysit them when they are playing outdoors.
It might look like all play and no study, but this is an important phase where the young squirrels learn about their surroundings and how to spot signs of danger.


Young ones can easily get imprinted by the adults who they spend their time with, hence it is important to teach them to bury their faces in their cellphones to mask any feelings of boredom.
Below you will see the young squirrel mimicking the adult standing on its hind legs to get a better view of its surroundings and keep a lookout for potential predators.


Humans are funny animals because they get paranoid if someone is observing them from a distance, constantly talking about them in their absence or even sharing their photographs. That can be termed as stalking or even creepy, but when they do the same things with birds, they are called passionate, curious and inquisitive.


Animal tracking is a skill that allows us to read visual clues left behind by other animals and hence recreate a story of the animals living in that area. Unfortunately with the rise in urban areas, we don't get to see animal tracks on our asphalt pavements. A deer along with some predators will place their hind foot directly in the print of the corresponding front foot track. This helps in minimizing the noise and the amount of visible tracks when they are about to chase their prey or avoid alerting nearby predators.
Below is an example of a Columbian black-tailed deer doing the same.


Based on the tracks you see in the field, you will spot two types of prints - Direct register and Indirect register.
Direct Register is when the rear foot lands exactly where the front foot was just moments ago. In this case, it will be hard to distinguish that the same track was made by both the front and hind foot.
Indirect register is when the rear foot misses the target slightly either on the sides or behind the original track.


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