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Mohave Ground Squirrel Spermophilus mohavensis


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Mohave Ground Squirrel
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Alternate name: Mojave Ground Squirrel

Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description A small spotless squirrel with brownish cheeks and a white undertail. Tail has short hairs and is creamy white underneath. Larger than the Round-tailed Ground Squirrel with a shorter tail that has a white (not buff or cinnamon) undersurface, and brown cheeks. Has a thinner tail than other ground squirrels, and no spots or flecking. Often holds tail over back to display the creamy white underside.

Dimensions 210-230mm, 57-72mm, 70-300g

Habitat Deserts, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range California

Discussion Hibernates in winter. Uses level sandy areas with sparse shrub growth in the Mohave Desert.