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Franklin's Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus franklinii)
Franklin's Ground Squirrel in Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park, Lac La Biche
Photograph by Alberto Cea. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
FRANKLIN'S GROUND SQUIRREL FACTSDescription
Franklin's ground squirrel is a fairly large ground squirrel with a slender body. The fur is short and brownish greyish with speckled appearance. The head and tail are grayish. The ears are short and rounded. The tail is bushy.
Total Length: 35cm - 41cm. Tail length: 12cm - 16cm. Weight 340g to 950 g.
tallgrass prairie, preferring grassy areas at the edge of woodland
Franklin's Ground Squirrel eats leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, cultivated crops. They also eat some insects, small birds, mice, birds eggs.
5-10 young (average 7) are born after a gestation period of 28 days. The young are hairless and blind at birth and are weaned after about 40 days.
Franklin's Ground Squirrel are found from Ontario and Manitoba in Canada, through to North Dakota and Kansas in the US
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".
Relatives in same Genus
Uinta Ground Squirrel (S. armatus)
California Ground Squirrel (S. beecheyi)
Belding's Ground Squirrel (S. beldingi)
Idaho Ground Squirrel (S. brunneus)
Columbian Ground Squirrel (S. columbianus)
Wyoming Ground Squirrel (S. elegans)
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (S. lateralis)
Arctic Ground Squirrel (S. parryii)
Richardson's Ground Squirrel (S. richardsonii)
Spotted Ground Squirrel (S. spilosoma)
Round-tailed Ground Squirrel (S. tereticaudus)
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (S. tridecemlineatus)
Rock Squirrel (S. variegatus)