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Arctic ground squirrel (siksik)

Urocitellus parryii


For the largest North American squirrel, it's still pretty small; the last photo puts this into perspective. It has a spotted coat and often stands on its hind legs to emit a high-pitched “chip” when it sees a predator (in this case, humans!).


Spotted in the tundra at an altitude of about 3500' in Denali National Park during the summer time.


Siksik is the Inuit name.

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Machi 5 months ago

It can get expensive, considering you either have to pay for a flight or a ferry, in which case you either have to pay extra to bring your car on the ferry or you have to rent a car once you get there. Then there is the fact that it takes time and planning. Hopefully soon though..

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 months ago

Thank you, Tukup! Sad that you likely won’t get to see one, but always glad to share.

Machi, is it difficult to travel from Kodiak Island to the mainland? Is the weather restrictive?

Machi 6 months ago

I'd love to see some of these! Unfortunately, I don't get many opportunities to explore the mainland and we don't have these on Kodiak Island :(

Tukup 6 months ago

Great fotos Mauna. Pretty sure I'll never see one of those. Thanks for sharing.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Thanks so much, Greg. I know, you love squirrels! ☺️

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 6 months ago

Marvellous spotting mauana ❤️ I am such a big fan of squirrels.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Alaska, USA

Lat: 63.45, Long: -149.63

Spotted on Jul 16, 2016
Submitted on Oct 7, 2019

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