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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.
Desert in south western states
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