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Golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis), Curecanti National Recreation Area, 2013.

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Golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis), Curecanti National Recreation Area, 2013.

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Sometimes confused for chipmunks because of similar coloration, golden-mantled ground squirrels do actually share a few similar habits with the chipmunk. Like chipmunks, they carry food in their cheek pouches and store food in burrows; however, unlike chipmunks, golden-mantled ground squirrels hibernate. The smart golden-mantled ground squirrel stores food is its burrow to eat upon waking in the spring.

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2013
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