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Wyoming Ground Squirrel Spermophilus elegans

 

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Wyoming Ground Squirrel
credit: Pikaluk/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family



Description A flecked, drab-colored ground squirrel with a buff undertail. Flecks may be pale pinkish buff, clay-colored, or pinkish cinnamon. Underparts are cinnamon and gray-colored. Churr and chip calls are higher pitched than in Richardson’s Ground Squirrel


Dimensions 253-307mm, 59-79mm, 286-411g


Similar Species Distinguished from the similar Belding’s and Uinta ground squirrels by having a buff (not reddish or grayish) underside of the tail with a white edging.


Habitat Meadows & fields, Alpine & subalpine habitats


Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Northwest


Discussion Uses mountain meadows above 1500m and talus slopes above the timberline.


 

 

 

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