California Ground Squirrel
Fields, grasslands, woodlands, and any habitat other than deserts
Native to California, western Oregon, central Washington, and western Nevada
Least Concern (IUCN Red List)
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
California ground squirrels can grow between 13 and 20 inches long. Their coats are mottled mixes of gray and light browns. The bellies of these squirrels are beige or a grayish-yellow. California ground squirrels have white rings around their eyes.
California ground squirrels communicate through scent, tail movements, and verbal screeches which they use to warn other squirrels of danger.
These squirrels live in colonies and inhabit underground burrows that can house multiple generations.
Every California ground squirrel in a colony has its own burrow entrance from which the squirrels are never usually more than 150 yards.
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