Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52542

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Spermophilus
Genus species:Spermophilus richardsonii

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:243-337 mm
Identification:Richardson's ground squirrel is yellow-brown to gray in color.
Habitat:Short grass prairies
Diet:Omnivore: leaves, flowers, seeds, grasses, legumes, insects
Reproduction:Richardson's ground squirrels only have one litter per year. Gestation lasts 23 days, with most births taking place between March and April. Six to eight young are in each litter. The lifespan for Richardson's ground squirrels ranges from 3-6 years.
Social groups are based on female relationships. Related females may share a territory but not actual burrows. Males are solitary.
Behavior:Males enter hibernation as early as May, while most females remain active until August. Hibernation lasts 7-9 months.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Predators of this species include weasels, badgers, hawks, falcons, eagles, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and foxes.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:rodent
Richardson's ground squirrel
Ground squirrels
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata