California Ground Squirrel

Dimensioned collection of scaled drawings of California Ground Squirrels in various poses

The California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi) is a species of medium-sized Ground Squirrel rodent that lives on the ground rather than up in the trees. Scientifically known as Marmotini, ground squirrels are noted for their ability to stand up and remain standing on its hind legs for long periods of time.

Physically, it has a bushy tail, rounded ears, strong claws, and fur that varies in color from tawny to dark, reddish-brown. The ground squirrel is an omnivore that is active during the day, retreating to burrows it digs for safety and rest.

Series of side elevation illustrations of the California Ground Squirrel

California Ground Squirrels have a height of 7”-8.7” (18-22 cm), body length between 15.7”-20” (40-51 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .6-1.6 lb (280-740 g). The tail length of a California Ground Squirrel is 5”-7” (13-18 cm). California Ground Squirrels have a typical lifespan of 3-6 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.

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Height: 
7”-8.7” | 18-22 cm
Width:
Depth:
Length:
15.7”-20” | 40-51 cm
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Weight:
.6-1.6 lb | 280-740 g
Tail Length:
5”-7” | 13-18 cm
Scientific Name:
Otospermophilus beecheyi
Lifespan:
3-6 years (wild); up to 10 years (captivity)

Properties

Drawings include:

California Ground Squirrel side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (sitting)

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