Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52548

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:22-32 cm
Weight:120-394 g
Identification:The golden-mantled ground squirrel is a golden brown color with a tawny or russet mantle on the head and shoulders. It has a white stripe down the side of its back bordered by black, and white fur around its eyes.
Habitat:Mountains, mixed or coniferous forests
Diet:Omnivore: fungi, nuts, foliage, insects, bird eggs, small vertebrates, carrion
Reproduction:After gestating for 26-33 days, females give birth to 4-6 young in the early summer. Each female only has one litter per year.
Behavior:Golden-mantled ground squirrels hibernate from October to May each year. Cheek pouches are used to carry food.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Western North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:rodent
Golden-mantled ground squirrel
Ground squirrels
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata