Golden-mantled ground squirrel

Golden-mantled ground squirrelThe Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis) is a common and widespread squirrel in North America's forests. It hibernates and stores food in its burrow to have some food when he wakes up. It stores food in its cheeks to run at full speed carrying food back to their burrow. Their territories have a range of about 30 meters around their burrow. Predators of the Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel are birds (hawks and jays), coyotes, weasels, snakes, skunks, foxes and bobcats. Their diet mainly consists of underground funghi and leaves of forbs.

Picture of the Golden-mantled ground squirrel by K.lee, licensed under GFDL

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The Golden mantled ground squirrel is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the goldenmantled ground squirrel
A young / baby of a goldenmantled ground squirrel is called a 'pup, kit or kitten'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A goldenmantled ground squirrel group is called a 'dray or scurry'.
Canada and United States
Some facts about the
Golden-mantled ground squirrel

Adult weight : 0.158 kg (0.3476 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 10 years

Female maturity :637 days

Gestation : 30 days

Weaning : 37 days

Litter size : 5

Litters per year : 1

Weight at birth : 0.006 kg (0.0132 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.074 kg (0.1628 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 1 W

Body mass : 0.25 kg (0.55 lbs)

Temperature : 35.85 °C (96.53 °F)

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