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Rock squirrel

Otospermophilus variegatus


Rock squirrels, with their long, bushy tails, look very much like tree squirrels, but seldom climb trees. They are most commonly found in rocky habitats—canyons, cliffs, and hillsides. Occasionally a nest is found in a tree, but they usually dig burrows, choosing a place that offers a near-by lookout where they can watch for danger. Other mammals and even burrowing owls are known to use their dens if the squirrels abandon them. The rock squirrel's geographic range is large, and it is found at elevations from sea level to 2,900 m. Females produce one litter a year in places or at elevations where winter weather lasts longer, and two in warmer parts of their range. (information from Smithsonian Museum of Natural History website)


Resort trail


I was only able to snap a few photos of this squirrel and none of them were very good. I didn't get another shot at it, as this was the only one I caught up with on my trip.

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Tucson, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jul 31, 2013
Submitted on Mar 6, 2014

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