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 Harris's Antelope Squirrel (Ammospermophilus harrisii)




Harris's Antelope Squirrel | Ammospermophilus harrisii photo
Harris's Antelope Ground Squirrel, Elephant Head, Amado, Arizona

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Harris's Antelope Squirrel | Ammospermophilus harrisii photo
Harris's Antelope Ground Squirrel, Elephant Head, Amado, Arizona

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

HARRIS'S ANTELOPE SQUIRREL FACTS

Description
Harris's Antelope Squirrel is gray with reddish brown on the legs. It has coarse fur, long neck and slender body, with short tail and small ears. The winter coat is longer and softer, and paler in color. There is a white stripe along each side from the shoulder to the rump. The tail is held upright against the body - the underside of the tail is black and white. The eye is surrounded by a pale ring.

Size
Head and body length: 14cm - 17cm. Tail length: 5cm - 9cm

Environment
arid plains with sparse vegetation, rocky slopes, rocky ground

Food
seeds, fruit, plant stems, roots, insects, and carrion. It can carry food in its large cheek pouches to store in burrows or under rocks.

Breeding
A litter of five to fourteen (average 6) is born after a gestation period of about 30 days. Young are born pink with no hair, and their eyes and ears are closed.

Range
south west United States and north west Mexico.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Ammospermophilus
Species:harrisii
Common Name:Harris's Antelope Squirrel