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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:22 am 
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The tiny round-tailed ground squirrel has been out of hibernation for about a month now. I would expect the youngsters to be coming above ground soon. I can watch them frolic and chase each other for hours.
When we first moved here we thought they were chipmunks.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:39 pm 
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Cute little guys and nice shots. They blend in with the surroundings pretty well. They do resemble chipmunks quite a bit.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:03 am 
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When I first spotted them it looked like some desert chipmunk. They are just about the same size and who would guess them to be squirrels. The only squirrels I knew were the tree squirrels and they are 5 to 10 times as big.
We do have chipmunks but they are at higher elevations on our Sky Islands and in northern Arizona( a completely different world).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:12 pm 
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I did the same thing here with the ground squirrels we have. I don't know their exact name, but they look so much like a chipmunk. Your guys look a little chubbier.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:45 pm 
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They do look a bit chubby. They were in a park and I wonder if they don't hibernate if food is always available?---- Or it is the time to start the annual family.
This pic might give better perspective. each trunk of the bush is about 2.5 inches in diameter.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:11 pm 
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They still look chubbier than the ones we have. Must be the extra food. :D Ours stay out in the woods, so I hardly ever see them. We had them in the yard when we first moved in, because we had timber on the ground that they'd stay around for protection. We have hawks and eagles around, so they'd be goners in no time out in the open, mainly the hawks going after them.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:38 pm 
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This species likes to build a compex under creosote and are out playing most of the day. One usually is on watch but they are part of the smorgasboard for raptors, snakes, coyotes, skunks, bobcats ............... There are a lot of them now and by fall the count will be way down. Fortunaty they have 6 to 10 babies and the beat goes on. The cottontail bunny serves a similar niche. It's a crappy job but something needs to do it.Image
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:16 pm 
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I forgot the coyotes. They're around here a lot.

The ground squirrels here will pretty much stay around logs or limb piles and go out in the open to run from one area to the other. That's why we don't see them in the yard any more, no place to hide.


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Great pictures, and they are really cute.

sure wouldn't want them in my garden though!

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