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Taken in Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot Sx10IS

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel
This small ground squirrel received its name for its pencil-like tail. Its cinnamon-tan coat lacks the contrasting spots and strips sported by others of its family.

They are often associated with creosote bush flats, where its tawny coat blends well with the brown clay soil. Unlike its relatives, it does not climb to a vantage point to scout for danger (though they do climb short heights for food). Instead, it will run a short distance, then settle motionless on the ground to survey the situation. If something arouses its curiosity, the animal will stand high on its high legs to see over any low obstacle, using its tail as a third leg of a tripod for balance.

This squirrel dines primarily on green vegetation of the desert floor, Readily climbing shrubs and small trees, it often ventures shakily to the end of the branch to reach a particularly tempting bud or tip. Its diurnal activity pattern includes a fast-disappearing custom – the afternoon siesta. By 10a.m., with a full tummy, it retires from the heat of the surface to the coolness of the burrow. by 3p.m., as the heat begins dissipating, the round-tail re-emerges from its home until sundown.

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Comments

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    Great shot, maybe he should be the flat headed squirrel? You know I love rodents!!

  • LOL, we have so many of these guys it is rare to see them not on the sand. I was pleased that I could have a green backdrop for him, thank you my rodent loving friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 4 years ago

    lol….these little guys are just too darn cute. Excellent capture.

  • Thank you so very much darlin! This one was too cute not to capture and post…..

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Well done! He IS doing push-ups, is he not? Love his round tail & his flat head.

  • LOL, actually he was running then stopped when I made I contact. Almost like he was trying to push himself into the wall…Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well seen and captured Kimberly!

  • Thank you so much Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Awe,….adorable sunny capture of a Round Tailed Ground Squirrel! : )

  • Thank you Sandy, they can be cute when they aren’t chewing & digging in the yard…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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