Beechey Ground Squirrel

Sermophilus Beecheyi

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Physical Description

The Beechey Ground Squirrel is a large squirrel
about 18 in. long including its tail.
It is a gray-brown color with lighter parts on its back.
A dark gray band extends from the head
down over the middle of its back.
They rarely have any stripes
except the one long band of gray.
The lack of stripes is what makes them easier
to tell apart from other species of squirrels.

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Habitat

Beechey Ground Squirrels are mainly found in open places
like large fields, and well grazed pastures.
They are also fairly common along roadsides.



Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum/Division: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sermophilus

Species: Beecheyi

Location


Additional Information

Beechey ground squirrels hibernate in the winter and when food is scarce they survive off of stored fat.

They eat a broad range of seeds, berries, and leaves of grasses, and wood plants.

They also eat lots of plant bulbs and incects. They have internal cheek pouches that they use for transporting food to their burrows.

Their predators are coyotes, foxes, wildcats, badgers, large hawks, golden eagles, and, gopher snakes.

References

1. www.sdmhm.org/feildguide/mammals/sper-bee.html

2. www.zipcodezoo.com/animals/s/spermophilusbeecheyi