ground squirrel


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ground squirrel

n.
Any of several terrestrial squirrels of the genus Spermophilus of Eurasia and North America, most of which live in burrows and hibernate during the winter.

ground squirrel

n
(Animals) any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Citellus and related genera, resembling chipmunks and occurring in North America, E Europe, and Asia. Also called: gopher

ground′ squir`rel


n.
any of various striped or variegated, mostly burrowing rodents of the squirrel family, esp. of the genus Spermophilus (or Citellus), that are widespread in North America and Eurasia and often do much damage to crops. Also called gopher, spermophile.
[1680–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground squirrel - small striped semiterrestrial eastern American squirrel with cheek pouchesground squirrel - small striped semiterrestrial eastern American squirrel with cheek pouches
squirrel - a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
genus Tamias, Tamias - chipmunks of eastern North America
2.ground squirrel - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worldsground squirrel - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
squirrel - a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
antelope chipmunk, antelope squirrel, Citellus leucurus, whitetail antelope squirrel - small ground squirrel of western United States
Citellus lateralis, mantled ground squirrel - common black-striped reddish-brown ground squirrel of western North America; resembles a large chipmunk
Citellus citellus, souslik, suslik - rather large central Eurasian ground squirrel
Citellus richardsoni, flickertail, Richardson ground squirrel - of sagebrush and grassland areas of western United States and Canada
Citellus variegatus, rock squirrel - large grey ground squirrel of rocky areas of the southwestern United States
Arctic ground squirrel, Citellus parryi, parka squirrel - large ground squirrel of the North American far north
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The Raptor Pilot Study for Levee Protection is the first to quantify the impact of raptors on ground squirrel damage at a levee.
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The group conducted its research at Belding's ground squirrel colonies in eastern Oregon that are regularly targeted by hunters.
pestis is amplified among susceptible rodent hosts (2), such as the California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi), the golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis), and certain chipmunk species (Tamias spp.
Consequently, it can be predicted that both species of coccidia will be found in other populations of the round-tailed ground squirrel.
Thirteen-lined ground squirrel and other ground squirrel mothers start to dissociate from offspring around two weeks post emergence (McCarley, 1966; Dunford, 1977b; Schwagmeyer, 1980; Michener, 1981; Freeman, 2009), and stop alarm calling for offspring around three weeks post emergence (Schwagmeyer, 1980).
We never observed a ground squirrel kill or injure an adult or juvenile prairie dog," says study coauthor John Hoogland.
Chipmunks are a kind of ground squirrel, and so are marmots (groundhogs) and prairie dogs.
The Arctic ground squirrel is the largest ground squirrel in North America and has the most northerly distribution (Fig.
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