Gifted nature photographer Vadim Trunov has been up close and personal with squirrels before, however this series shows quite a surprise. It is the first time his prints of squirrels shooting photos of each other have ever been seen. The Russian photographer not too long ago published some photos of squirrels that appeared to be building a snowman or just horsing around with acorns and pine cones in the snow.
Squirrels are known to almost everyone, and over 200 squirrel species live all over the earth, with the exception of Australia. The smallest squirrel is the African pygmy squirrel, measuring just five inches long from tail to nose. Other types reach sizes surprising to those who are only acquainted with common tree squirrels.
The Indian giant squirrel, for instance is three feet long. These squirrels photographed by Trunov that appear to be playing are actually just going about their business of gathering something to eat. Since it is winter, they are famished, and want nourishment.
The truth is, the pictured ones with the nut and the pine cone are fighting over the winter foodstuff. Trunov deliberately left these food bait in a clearing so he could take pictures of the little creatures. The added props ingeniously gave the photoshoot the extra storytelling dimension.
Just as other rodents, squirrels possess four front teeth that never stop growing so they do not get worn down from the relentless gnawing. Tree squirrels are the kinds most frequently recognized, regularly spotted gracefully scuttling and jumping from branch to branch. Other types are ground squirrels that live in tunnel or burrow systems, where many hibernate during winter.
Whether they live in a tree or in an underground tunnel, female squirrels characteristically give birth to two and as much as eight offspring. These baby squirrels are blind and completely dependent on their mothers for 8 to 12 weeks. Mothers could have a few litters in a year, which is why most squirrel populations are healthy.
Trunov’s collective work is generally delightful wildlife pictures, regardless of the season, and this squirrel image series is just one example. You can visit his macro nature photography here too, which is also enchanting stuff.