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Townsend's Ground Squirrel Spermophilus townsendii


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Townsend's Ground Squirrel
credit: Groxie /CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Small ground squirrel colored plain gray above with pinkish tinge; whitish or buff belly Tail short, reddish or tawny below, with white edge. Reddish face and hind legs.

Dimensions 200-232mm, 39-54mm, 125-325g

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Deserts

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Northwest

Discussion Hibernates from June till February. Uses sagebrush and agricultural areas north of the Columbia River and south of the Yakima River. Has 36 chromosomes.