Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52544

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:285 mm
Weight:154-160 g
Identification:The thirteen-lined squirrel has thirteen alternating light and dark stripes running down its back. There are also lighter spots within the dark stripes, and the sides and belly are buff-colored.
Habitat:Short grass prairies
Diet:Omnivore: green grasses, herbs, seeds, flower heads, insects
Reproduction:Thirteen-lined squirrels mate just after coming out of hibernation. Gestation lasts for 27-28 days. The female then gives birth to 2-13 young. Within six weeks, the baby squirrels are weaned off of their mother's milk.
A solitary or only somewhat colonial hibernator, this ground squirrel often occurs in aggregations in suitable habitats.
Behavior:Thirteen-lined squirrels are diurnal and have a relatively long hibernation period.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The thirteen-lined squirrel is also known as the striped gopher. It is the namesake of the University of Minnesota Gophers football team.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America
Central North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Thirteen-lined squirrel
rodent
Thirteen-lined ground squirrel
Ground squirrels
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52544