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Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

Callospermophilus lateralis


These critters are abundant in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but have experienced a 'thinning' in population over the past decade- cause unknown.


They typically inhabit areas of conifer forests above 3500 foot elevation and live in burrows underground.


They feed on native seeds, berries and nuts collected from native plants and seed cones from pines and cedars. They also scavenge from and are fed by campers =)

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1 Comment

Carolina 8 years ago

Such a cool photo! You should let us know where did you see this squirrel. You can do this clicking on "edit this spotting" and fill out the location box (map) that is on the right hand side of the page :)

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California, USA

Lat: 38.34, Long: -119.83

Spotted on Aug 30, 2010
Submitted on Mar 30, 2011

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