Friday, July 23, 2021

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

This Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel—our second rodent in the Mount Rainier National Park on 19 July 2021—is much smaller than the marmot in my last post, but far larger than any chipmunk. It lacks a chipmunk's striped face. These ground squirrels are common at tree-line in the park. They are primarily vegetarians, but also eat fungi and insects. The species occurs from southwestern Canada through the Rockies in the United States.

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