tridecemlineatus, commonly known as the Thirteen-lined
Ground Squirrel, is brown in color with a series of alternating
dark and light longitudinal stripes and rows of light spots
across its upper parts. It has short legs and large internal
cheek pouches to carry food. Length of the head and body is
11-16 cm and the tail is 6-13 cm.
Its diet consists of seeds, roots, green vegetation, insects,
eggs and other small animals. Ground squirrels are active
during the day and are generally solitary. They construct
long shallow burrows with multiple entrances to store food.
occurs in April after emerging from hibernation. Each litter
consists of 5-13 young.
inhabits the Great Plains, from C Texas to E Utah, Ohio (USA)
to SC Canada.