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California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)
California Ground Squirrel, Monterey, California.
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California Ground Squirrel
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California Ground Squirrel - La Jolla Cove, California.
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CALIFORNIA GROUND SQUIRREL FACTSDescription
California ground squirrels have mottled fur a mix of gray, light and dark brown, and white. The shoulders, neck and sides are a lighter gray. The tail is bushy and similar color to the body. The underside is paler with light brown, gray and white hairs. There is a white ring around the eye.
Body length: 33cm - 50cm. Tail length: 12cm - 23cm. Weight: 280g -740g
wide range of habitats including farmland, grassland, clearings in woodlands, rocky outcrops in mountains, suburban areas. They need loose soil for burrowing.
Five to eleven young are born in a burrow .after a gestation period of around 30 days. The young are born blind, open their eyes after about 5 weeks. They are weaned after about 7 weeks.
California, western Oregon, parts of western Nevada, south west Washington, Baja California
Relatives in same Genus
Uinta Ground Squirrel (S. armatus)
Belding's Ground Squirrel (S. beldingi)
Idaho Ground Squirrel (S. brunneus)
Columbian Ground Squirrel (S. columbianus)
Wyoming Ground Squirrel (S. elegans)
Franklin's Ground Squirrel (S. franklinii)
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)