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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel Spermophilus lateralis


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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
credit: Eborutta/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description A small ground squirrel with a dorsal stripe and well defined golden hood. Head and neck may be golden brown, tawny, or russet-colored. Winter pelage is grayer.

Dimensions 245-295mm, 70-120mm, 175-350g

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Northwest, Western Canada

Discussion Does not overlap with the larger Cascade Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel.