California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)
What they look like:
The adults have a mix of gray, light brown and dusky fur. A band of slightly darker fur, flecked with light gray, extends from the head over the middle of the back. The undersides are light buff or grayish yellow.
Where they live:
California Ground Squirrels are found from central Washington through western Oregon, California and into the northern part of Baja California. The squirrel is found in plains, small meadows, tree-covered hillsides, and rocky outcrops.
Click the range map to learn more about the distribution of California Ground Squirrels in Washington.
Their diet is is primarily seed-based, including barley, oats, and acorns. They eat eggs, insects, roots, tubers, seeds, grains, nuts and fruit.
California ground squirrels use their cheek pouches to collect extra food. Like gray squirrels, they cache or store food for future use.
California ground squirrels use a variety of sounds. The make a high-pitched alarm call when they feel threatened. The calling can last several minutes.
California ground squirrels live on the ground and in burrows.
Did you know?
California Ground Squirrel photo by Tim Knight
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More information: California Ground Squirrel - Animal Diversity Web
Lima, M. 2003. "Spermophilus beecheyi" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 18, 2008 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Spermophilus_beecheyi.html.
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