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.
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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
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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]
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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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However, NINDS senior investigator John Hallenbeck, co-senior author of the study found that a cellular process called SUMOylation goes into overdrive in a certain species of ground squirrel during hibernation.
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A ground squirrel tunnel can be 35 feet long, and a single gopher is capable of moving about one ton of earth every year.
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The round-tailed ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus) is a diurnal rodent adapted to a wide range of arid environments of the southwestern U.S.
Recently, researchers led by John Hallenbeck found that a cellular process called SUMOylation goes into overdrive in a certain species of ground squirrel during hibernation.
The purpose of their research was threefold: to determine how much lead from spent ammunition remained in the carcasses of the ground squirrels after they had been shot by hunters; to measure lead levels in the bodies of birds that had eaten shot ground squirrels versus those that had captured live prey; and to look at how the presence of large numbers of ground squirrel carcasses affected raptor hunting and scavenging behavior.
Consequently, it can be predicted that both species of coccidia will be found in other populations of the round-tailed ground squirrel.
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.) (2,3,14,15).