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Forum: Mammals Sunday 8th April 2018, 20:44
Replies: 12
Views: 303
Posted By Mike Richardson
For what it's worth I agree with Field Vole for...

For what it's worth I agree with Field Vole for the same reasons as John
Forum: Mammals Saturday 17th March 2018, 09:57
Replies: 164
Views: 30,785
Posted By Mike Richardson
In the last 3 years I've added Jungle Cat...

In the last 3 years I've added Jungle Cat (Israel) and Rusty-spotted Cat and Fishing Cat in Sri Lanka.
Forum: Mammals Thursday 18th January 2018, 10:42
Replies: 7
Views: 433
Posted By Mike Richardson
Classic Fallow Deer

Classic Fallow Deer
Forum: Mammals Sunday 17th December 2017, 19:12
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By Mike Richardson
The animal in this (excellent) photo is a Barbary...

The animal in this (excellent) photo is a Barbary Ground Squirrel (Atlantoxerus getulus), a much more widespread species.

To answer the OP's question, I have only seen Striped Ground Squirrels in...
Forum: Mammals Monday 16th October 2017, 11:24
Replies: 2
Views: 1,128
Posted By Mike Richardson
I think it looks more like a Black Rat (Rattus...

I think it looks more like a Black Rat (Rattus rattus) with that slender body, large ears and long tail. I would be interested to see what others think.
Forum: Mammals Saturday 7th October 2017, 20:29
Replies: 4
Views: 1,038
Posted By Mike Richardson
I'm pretty sure 4. is an Eastern Cottontail...

I'm pretty sure 4. is an Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus). New England Cottontail would be the other option but your bunny has larger ears, without a black edge. It does not seem to have a...
Forum: Mammals Saturday 7th October 2017, 20:07
Replies: 4
Views: 1,038
Posted By Mike Richardson
Hi Paul 1,2. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus...

Hi Paul

1,2. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
3. American Mink (Mustela vison)
4. Cottontail sp. Need to do more research on this.
5,6. Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
7. Eastern...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 30th September 2017, 21:54
Replies: 28
Views: 2,819
Posted By Mike Richardson
Fantastic report Nick. The hare you saw would...

Fantastic report Nick. The hare you saw would have been Cape Hare (not Brown).
Forum: Mammals Wednesday 20th September 2017, 17:03
Replies: 12
Views: 1,625
Posted By Mike Richardson
Agree with House Mouse. In my experience, Wood...

Agree with House Mouse. In my experience, Wood Mice are most often seen at bird feeders, even in semi urban areas.
Forum: Mammals Tuesday 29th August 2017, 17:09
Replies: 13
Views: 2,692
Posted By Mike Richardson
In my experience Honey Badgers are almost...

In my experience Honey Badgers are almost impossible to see in the wild outside of Southern Africa (where they can be relatively easy to see). They occur at very low densities in many parts of their...
Forum: Mammals Saturday 26th August 2017, 19:55
Replies: 13
Views: 2,692
Posted By Mike Richardson
They're definitely not Fennec Fox or Blanford's...

They're definitely not Fennec Fox or Blanford's Fox. I would say Ruppell's is good shout although the desert form of Red Fox can look very similar. Ruppell's tends to occur only in the most driest of...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 4th August 2017, 15:14
Replies: 80
Views: 17,518
Posted By Mike Richardson
Are you sure it wasn't a Desert Hedgehog? I'm not...

Are you sure it wasn't a Desert Hedgehog? I'm not sure if White-breasted occur as far south in the Negev. Either way, both can move extremely fast when they need to.
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Saturday 10th June 2017, 14:11
Replies: 8
Views: 2,201
Posted By Mike Richardson
That's one hell of a turtle to be lurking around...

That's one hell of a turtle to be lurking around a London pond! Agree with previous IDs of Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentine). The Alligator Snapper (Macroclemys temminckii) is even more...
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Sunday 4th June 2017, 14:34
Replies: 3
Views: 1,399
Posted By Mike Richardson
Looks very much like an unmarked Dice Snake...

Looks very much like an unmarked Dice Snake (Natrix tessellate), assuming they're in range.
Forum: Mammals Wednesday 31st May 2017, 19:57
Replies: 3
Views: 1,831
Posted By Mike Richardson
Going by the tail (which appears to be rounded...

Going by the tail (which appears to be rounded and not flat) I would agree with Muskrat.
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Wednesday 17th May 2017, 18:25
Replies: 4
Views: 1,656
Posted By Mike Richardson
I did wonder that myself. I've never seen a Green...

I did wonder that myself. I've never seen a Green Anole with a dorsal crest like that, so perhaps they're an introduced exotic Anolis species. South Florida has countless alien lizard species so no...
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Wednesday 17th May 2017, 08:55
Replies: 4
Views: 1,656
Posted By Mike Richardson
They are definitely a species of Anole. I would...

They are definitely a species of Anole. I would say Green Anole (also known as American Chameleon) which is the only Anole native to the area. The male (the one on the window frame) seems to be...
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 18:46
Replies: 11
Views: 2,518
Posted By Mike Richardson
It's a Common Lizard

It's a Common Lizard
Forum: Bats Monday 1st May 2017, 20:32
Replies: 6
Views: 2,881
Posted By Mike Richardson
I've seen a large bat come in off the sea at...

I've seen a large bat come in off the sea at Spurn Point, and I think there are other similar records from the area. Bats known to migrate long distance are Noctule, Leisler's, Particoloured and...
Forum: Mammals Friday 28th April 2017, 19:54
Replies: 12
Views: 3,423
Posted By Mike Richardson
I've only ever seen one Jird despite spending a...

I've only ever seen one Jird despite spending a fair amount of time in places they occur. Hopefully you'll be writing a report with more details on your mammal sightings.
Forum: Mammals Friday 28th April 2017, 18:14
Replies: 12
Views: 3,423
Posted By Mike Richardson
Your small mammal looks good for Libyan Jird...

Your small mammal looks good for Libyan Jird assuming it was the size of a small rat (and not mouse sized). Range maps for gerbils and Jirds in often contradict each other so it's difficult to check...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 27th April 2017, 19:23
Replies: 80
Views: 17,518
Posted By Mike Richardson
The conspicuous nose spot is also mentioned as an...

The conspicuous nose spot is also mentioned as an Acacia identification feature in Bovids of the World, along with the darker flank stripe (to differentiate it from the Dorcas). There are at least 6...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 23rd April 2017, 10:13
Replies: 80
Views: 17,518
Posted By Mike Richardson
I was in Eilat around the same time as you and...

I was in Eilat around the same time as you and I'm really surprised our paths didn't cross. Having done a more hardcore mammal/birding trip to Israel last year with Mark Hows and John Sadler, this...
Forum: Mammals Monday 13th February 2017, 11:13
Replies: 8
Views: 1,512
Posted By Mike Richardson
Agree. The tail of the animal in the photo curves...

Agree. The tail of the animal in the photo curves out of site so it's longer than it first appears. Ears are also more prominent on a Bank Vole (they're more obscured by fur in Field (Short-tailed)...
Forum: Lists Friday 6th January 2017, 12:14
Replies: 176
Views: 27,298
Posted By Mike Richardson
That's a fantastic trip report. After 3 trips to...

That's a fantastic trip report. After 3 trips to South Africa I'm still to see Zorilla and several other mammal species you saw. Did you meet Fiona Reid?
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