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Wyoming Ground Squirrel Spermophilus elegans


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Wyoming Ground Squirrel
credit: Pikaluk/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description A flecked, drab-colored ground squirrel with a buff undertail. Flecks may be pale pinkish buff, clay-colored, or pinkish cinnamon. Underparts are cinnamon and gray-colored. Churr and chip calls are higher pitched than in Richardson’s Ground Squirrel

Dimensions 253-307mm, 59-79mm, 286-411g

Similar Species Distinguished from the similar Belding’s and Uinta ground squirrels by having a buff (not reddish or grayish) underside of the tail with a white edging.

Habitat Meadows & fields, Alpine & subalpine habitats

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Northwest

Discussion Uses mountain meadows above 1500m and talus slopes above the timberline.