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Richardson's Ground Squirrel

Urocitellus richardsonii


Ground squirrel patrolling its burrow on the campus grounds. They're capable of sophisticated communication through alarm calls, including ultrasonic calls (ones we can't hear).


Prairie grassland on the outskirts of a university campus

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Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Nice timing!

KerryHawkins 8 years ago

I love it...Very funny look on his face.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Excellent pose :-)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

This looks like a Richardson's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus richardsonii). If so, the males, females, and young have staggered emergence from and into hibernation. It's thought that this process lessens competition between individuals. Very cool, although it would seem like a long time to stay underground and in torpor.

nitrogen15 10 years ago

Ground squirrels in this area don't emerge from their burrows until March or April and can start hibernating as early as July. I find this strange, because the weather's warm until October.

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Welcome to project noah.

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

What do they do in the winter? sleep in frozen form?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Cute one..specially those nasty eyes..!!

SheaEckert 10 years ago

Aww! I just want to reach out and give him a hug, but i'm sure he'll bite me for intruding on his personal space!

tylerjferrara 10 years ago

I believe that is the infamous hugging ground squirrel. Not to be confused with its cousin, the shocked ground squirrel.

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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Spotted on Jun 19, 2009
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