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Uinta Ground Squirrel Spermophilus armatus

 

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Uinta Ground Squirrel
credit: Pmaccabe/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family



Description Uniform speckled brownish or grayish back with a grayish undertail. Head and neck are always gray, back varies from grayish to brownish to cinnamon-buff. Not as buff as the Wyoming Ground Squirrel, with gray (not buff) under the tail. Gives a variety of calls including chips, churrs, and squeals.


Dimensions 270-320mm, 43-81mm, 250-600g


Similar Species Larger than the Piute Ground Squirrel, with a longer tail.


Breeding Mates in the early spring and females give birth after about a month ofgestation. Young leave the burrow at twenty-four days. Litters usually include four to six young with older females generally producing larger litters


Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Grasslands & prairies, Scrub, shrub & brushlands


Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest


Discussion Uses sagebrush, grassy meadows, and sometimes cultivated lawns.


 

 

 

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