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round tailed ground squirrel

Xerospermophilus tereticaudus

Description:

Round tailed ground squirrels live in desert burrows in the south western united states All have a long round tail and long, hairy hind feet. They have no fur markings, instead having a uniform sandy color, which matches the soil they burrow in. The underside of their body is usually a lighter shade. They can stay active even on the hottest of days, although they do tend to limit their activity during the heat of the afternoon Sun. They live underground in the winter, typically from late August or September until January or February.

Habitat:

Desert in south western states

Notes:

When I first noticed him the tree I thought he just didn't see me so I took a bunch of pictures it wasn't until I got really close to him that I realized his leg was impaled on a branch so I went a got my brother and we cut the limb free and after about 20 minutes we freed him from the branch and he ran off

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5 Comments

the_tajminator
the_tajminator 6 years ago

thank you yeah I got so close I got bitten but I had to help him and I finally did manage to get him down from there and he ran off

DesertCoyote
DesertCoyote 6 years ago

Those are amazing photographs! You got so close!

the_tajminator
the_tajminator 6 years ago

yeah if I wasn't always looking for squirrels I doubt I ever would have noticed him. I'm glad too I was worried that with the leg injury he'd be killed by a snake or bird of prey

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

He was lucky that you were paying attention! I'm glad he seems OK.

the_tajminator
the_tajminator 6 years ago

Just saw him again today...hes really skittish but seems to be doing great

Arizona, USA

Lat: 33.93, Long: -113.16

Spotted on Jun 28, 2012
Submitted on Jun 28, 2012

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