Saturday, July 21, 2012

Belding's Ground Squirrel

The fourth and last squirrel of Collier Memorial State Park to be discussed here in Cascade Ramblings Blogspot is the Belding’s GroundSquirrel.  This is not a squirrel to be seen in the campground, but in the grassy lawns at the office and the Day Use Area, where they colonize in a vast network of underground burrows. Notice the total lack of stripes and the skimpy tail. These are one of the earliest squirrels to hibernate, with males going into hibernation starting in August.

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