ground squirrel


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ground squirrel

A burrowing rodent of the squirrel family more commonly known as a gopher. You can really tell that spring is here when the ground squirrels start coming out again.
See also: ground, squirrel
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Maternal influence on juvenile growth rates in Belding's ground squirrel (Speromophilus beldingi).
Ethoecology of the round-tailed ground squirrel, Spermophilus tereticaudus.
USA], Nov 19 ( ANI ): Hibernating ground squirrels have provided clues to new treatments for brain damage caused by stroke.
There was a 380 percent increase in the number of hawks visiting the hunted ground squirrel colonies over those colonies that were left alone by hunters.
The 2 golden-mantled ground squirrel carcasses collected on August 10 and 8 additional rodent carcasses collected in the campground and surrounding area were positive for Y.
morainensis (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the Mexican ground squirrel Spermophilus mexicanus (Rodentia: Sciuridae), in south central Texas, U.
The notion that predation may now play a structuring role in the montane boreal system led me to analyze 23 years of ground squirrel mark-recapture density estimates for patterns consistent with predator limitation.
It is not known if ground squirrel predation is a local phenomenon (learned behavior within a local population), or if it is more prevalent among Bald Eagles in the region.
ANIMALS | GROUND SQUIRRELS | ARCTIC | HIBERNATION | SIBLINGS | COURAGE
Ground squirrels dwelling near the Rocky Mountains are sleeping in later thanks to climate shifts -- and that longer nap time has serious consequences, a new study claims.
The European ground squirrel is an obligate hibernator whose reproduction is limited by a relatively short active season, and it is a species of special conservation concern.
oreganus is the primary predator of ground squirrel pups (Coss, 1991; Swaisgood, Owings, & Rowe, 1999), rattlesnakes typically do not display predatory behaviors toward adult California ground squirrels (Hennessy & Owings, 1988), which have developed physiological resistance to rattlesnake venoms (Poran, Coss, & Benjamini, 1987; Coss, Guse, Poran, & Smith, 1993) and also demonstrate behavioral tactics of harassing and even attacking rattlesnakes (Owings & Coss, 1977).
2 : a striped ground squirrel of North American prairies