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#16 Jun 14th, 2005, 20:21
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Definitely looks like a gopher to me (Richardson's Ground Squirrel). First sign of spring around here is squished gophers on the highway. I hope it isn't an illegal immigrant-they breed like crazy.
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It really does look like a prairie dog, but they're not native to India. Was this at a zoo?

http://www.photoplus.ws/menu/animals...prairiedog.php
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Actually, people call gophers prairie dogs, but real prairie dogs are bigger and huskier, live farther south than gophers. The ones on the website are prairie dogs. Gophers are slimmer. Marmots live in the mountain foothills, much shaggier, also bigger. I'm amazed there are so many varieties all around the world. Basic snake and coyote food. Rattlers eat them. Probably cobras too.
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It's definitely not a groundhog AKA woodchuck. Woodchucks (or groundhogs) are much bigger, wider, fatter, and furrier. Think of the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray. Woodchucks live in my area of suburban Chicago and they are definitely much larger than what's pictured.
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Whatever it is, i have never seen one in India before.
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That might be very good news for cobras, but maybe not India.
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Looks like its not in the wild and someone is feeding it with all those leaves lying around. Not a native of Manglore or India as far as I know, should be a foriegner with resident permit.
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Here is a picture of a gopher in the US - looks very similar:
http://www.thegusbus.com/2003wildcats/03week6.htm

Here is a picture of a prarie dog - very similar too.
http://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/animal...prairiedog.htm

here is a picture of a marmot - not too similar
http://www.eco-usa.net/fauna/marmot.shtml

here is a picture of a groundhog - pretty similar as well
http://starcatholic.ab.ca/stben/clas...groundrese.htm

It's probably one of these - my bet - a prarie dog or groundhog
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If you look at the scale of the foliage you can get some idea how big this animal is, that's why I think it's a gopher, too small for a prairie dog and not even close for marmots and groundhogs. There are pictures of both gophers (Richardsons ground sqirrels) and prairie dogs in this one.

Of course there are a dozen different kind of these small guys too. I doubt if that individual would be the variety around our parts because that looks like a thriving colony and our little guys don't do very well unless they have to oportunity to hibernate. Maybe a more southernly sub-species. Some people try to make pets out of them like hamsters or guinea pigs, but they don't domesticate very well.

They are also carriers of the few remaining pockets of bubonic plague. Every now and then someone in the American Southwest comes down with it and the doctors don't remember what it is.


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That critter is mad at you... not only were you staring at it, you took its picture without consent.

And why the hell were you looking at stuff like this... Mangalore has lots of places to visit and eats to gorge...

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But it's so cute!!!!!!!!!!!
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Terry,

I wasn't able to download the photo.
But from the discription and explanations, I have concluded that you are speaking about the MONGOOSE.
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I saw her in Mangalore,in the wild near the wildlife park in Shringeri, animal Miss X without a name....
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Unknown animal

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