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The Spotted ground squirrel is one of the smallest squirrels in North America. They create tunnels to store its food, as well as shelter and hibernation quarters. Large black eyes with a white eye ring, white underbelly, brown back with white spots.
Spotted at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
The spotted ground squirrel can range from south central South Dakota, through Nebraska where it inhabits sand hills present there. It's also found in eastern Colorado, northwestern Oklahoma, western Texas, eastern Arizona, western Kansas, the large majority of New Mexico and the southeastern part of Utah. Mexico species distribution is limited to south and central Mexico. (Wikipedia)