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Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)
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Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)

Belding's Ground Squirrels (Urocitellus beldingi) are medium-sized, day-active ground squirrels with a head and body of 8-9 inches, and a tail of 3-5 inches. The pelage is speckled gray overall with a bit rust down the center of the back. The tail is reddish with a black tip.

Belding's Ground Squirrels are creatures of meadow areas and fields where plenty of green vegetation is available. They can be pests in farm country.

Taxonomy: formerly Spermophilus beldingi.

Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)

Don't look for Belding's Ground Squirrels around Las Vegas, rather, look for them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, and farther north at lower elevations in northeast California, southeast Oregon, southwest Idaho, the northwest corner of Utah, and northern Nevada.

For more information, see the Animal Diversity Website.

Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi) Belding's Ground Squirrel feeding in typical habitat: a high-elevation meadow in Yosemite National Park.
Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi) Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)
Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi) Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)
Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi) Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)
Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)
Belding's Ground Squirrel
Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)
Squeezing down a tight hole, the animal holds its tail down
Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi) Belding's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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