| Sierra Madre Ground Squirrels inhabit pine forests on high, rolling plateau cut by deep canyons and topped by high peaks that sometimes get snow as late as May. Wolves and pumas live there and are potential predators. These ground squirrels resemble Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels, but are smaller, have shorter tails, and their coats are not as brightly colored. They are sometimes seen on rock piles at roadsides, but nothing is known of their ecology. The only information available about reproduction is that females have been found carrying 2 to 5 embryos in May and June, and lactating in July.
Total Length: 215-253 mm; Tail: 40-82 mm
Merriam, C.H., 1901. Proceedings of the Washingon Academy of Sciences, 3:563.
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