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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Ammospermophilus; Sciuridae; Rodents
Genus species:Ammospermophilus nelsoni

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:218-240 mm
Weight:130-170 g
Identification:The antelope ground squirrel has light brown fur with white stripes on each side of its body. The undertail is either gray or white.
Habitat:Grasslands
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, insects, fungi, green vegetation
Reproduction:Antelope ground squirrels mate in the late winter or early spring. Females carry their young for 26 days before giving birth. The young are seen above ground about 30 days later and can live from 1-4 years.
Young antelope ground squirrels will stay in the mother's nest for about a month.
Behavior:The antelope ground squirrel is strongly diurnal and will even venture out in the heat of the day when other animals sleep.
Status:Threatened: loss of habitat, rodenticides and other chemicals
Interesting Facts:Antelope ground squirrels build complex underground tunnels that have multiple chambers. They use rock crevices and abandoned dens of other animals as their dens.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1965-07 Subjects:rodent
Antelope ground squirrel
Nelson ground squirrel
Ammospermophilus
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata