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California ground squirrel

Otospermophilus beecheyi


This was a fairly large squirrel with a long bushy tail. The coat was gray with a silvery cast, especially around the neck. This one was checking the area for predators. They use their tail to signal others if they see a predator.


Spotted at a nest or den site which was looked like a pile of wood debris (seen in pic 3). Typically they live in burrows that they have dugout. I assume their burrow in under the wood debris. Along the Auduban Road in eastern Washington. Cascade foothills. Around 2000 ft. a.s.l.

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Brian38 4 months ago

Thanks, Tukup. They blend into tree bark and dead vegetation so well that they're easy to miss.

Tukup 4 months ago

Great spotting Brian. Looks like it would have been hard to see them. Thanks for sharing.

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Selah, Washington, United States

Spotted on Jun 10, 2020
Submitted on Jun 11, 2020

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