Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52543

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:28-29 cm
Weight:300-400 g
Identification:The Uinta ground squirrel is brown to buff above and has buff undersides. The top of the head, sides of the face, and neck are gray.
Habitat:Sagegrass mountain meadows, valley pastures, cultivated areas and lawns
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, green vegetation, invertebrates, some vertebrates
Reproduction:The breeding season begins at the end of hibernation in March or April. The males attract females with scents and calls. Gestation is 28 days and females give birth to one litter per year. Young females bear 4-5 young where older females have 7-8 young.
The Uinta ground squirrel lives in matrilineal colonies. Males disperse as juveniles and integrate into new colonies. Individuals are very territorial, where females are more aggressive during pregnancy and males during breeding.
Behavior:Because the Uinta ground squirrel hibernates and estivates, it is only active for 3.5 months out of the year.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Uinta ground squirrels are very destructive to crops because they eat vegetables and harvest seeds, usually from farmers' plantings.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern Montana
Western Wyoming
Southeastern Idaho
Northern Central Utah
Date:1959-05 Subjects:Uinta ground squirrel
rodent
Ground squirrels
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52543