"California Ground Squirrel" Yosemite National Park Favorite Tip by VeronicaG

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  California Ground Squirrel
by VeronicaG

Favorite thing: As I was walking to Yosemite Falls, I came across this friendly critter, The California Ground Squirrel. It wasn't shy at all and posed at my feet for several minutes, while I snapped photos.

This squirrel's habitat ranges from central Washington, through western Oregon, California and into northern Baja California. They hibernate for several months of the year.

Its tail grows 5-7 inches long and is more than half the length of its body. The ground squirrel can have between 3-15 babies.

The ground squirrel likes plains, small meadows, tree-covered hillsides and rocky outcrops. Sounds like they can settle just about anywhere but deserts! They prefer burrows in hillsides or low earth banks, which can be dug down for several feet.

They spend most of their lives within 100 feet of their burrow and live to about 3-4 years old. If captured, live to 10 years old.

*For more information, see: www.etc.etc.com/sqrlinfo.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 30, 2007
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