California Ground Squirrel

Scientific Name:

Otospermophilus beecheyi

Type:

Mammal

Habitat:

Fields, grasslands, woodlands, and any habitat other than deserts

Range:

Native to California, western Oregon, central Washington, and western Nevada

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 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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