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Columbian Ground Squirrel

Spermophilus columbianus

Description:

This species occurs in the central Rocky Mountains in North America, from southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Alberta, Canada, south through northern and eastern Washington, northeastern Oregon, northern and central Idaho and western Montana in the United States. Its elevational range is mainly 700-8,000 ft.

Habitat:

It is found in open habitat: high grass plateaus, sagebrush plains, valley grasslands, openings (meadows, clearcuts) in coniferous forests, alpine meadows, and stream banks. It is not very tolerant of dry conditions. Typically burrows in friable or sandy soils in open ground or bank under boulder or log. Also inhabits south-facing mountain slopes, and agricultural and grazing systems.

Notes:

Plenty of these guys living in Indian Creek Campground

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CourtneyJaeger
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CourtneyJaeger

Idaho, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2012
Submitted on Aug 25, 2012

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