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Round-tailed Ground Squirrel Spermophilus tereticaudus

 

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Round-tailed Ground Squirrel
credit: Kaldari

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family



Description This small squirrel has whitish cheeks, and a darker top of the head. Undertail is buff or cinnamon. Pelage is plain, and two distinct color morphs are known with the back being either cinnamon or drab gray-brown. Sides of head are dull white. Belly is white. Has a thinner tail than other ground squirrels, and no spots or flecking.


Dimensions 202-278mm, 60-112mm, 110-170g


Similar Species Smaller than the Mohave Ground Squirrel with white cheeks and a buff undertail.


Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Deserts


Range Southwest, California


Discussion Does not hibernate, but may enter torpor in the winter. Call with high-pitched whistles or peeps. Uses sandy flat areas in the Sonoran and Mohave deserts.


 

 

 

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