Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family
Description Uniform speckled brownish or grayish back with a grayish undertail. Head and neck are always gray, back varies from grayish to brownish to cinnamon-buff. Not as buff as the Wyoming Ground Squirrel, with gray (not buff) under the tail. Gives a variety of calls including chips, churrs, and squeals.
Dimensions 270-320mm, 43-81mm, 250-600g
Similar Species Larger than the Piute Ground Squirrel, with a longer tail.
Breeding Mates in the early spring and females give birth after about a month of gestation. Young leave the burrow at twenty-four days. Litters usually include four to six young with older females generally producing larger litters
Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Grasslands & prairies, Scrub, shrub & brushlands
Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest
Discussion Uses sagebrush, grassy meadows, and sometimes cultivated lawns.