California Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus beecheyi

credit: Howcheng/CCSA

A large, spotted squirrel with a mantle of light gray running from the ears back onto the shoulders. This gray streak is inconspicuous or absent in some subspecies. Back is brown; dorsal buff flecking is heaviest on rump and flanks. Belly is pale gray. Bushy tail is dark gray above and paler below.

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