This mammal is common on the Chico but it is only seen in warmer months hibernating from late July until the end of April so its life is mostly spent sleeping in burrows. One of the smallest ground squirrels, Spotted Ground Squirrel has random light spots and a light belly and it burrows in sandy soils so it is common on the Chico. Burrows are used for both protection and for storing food. Spotted Ground Squirrel is a prey item for migrant and resident raptors including both falcons and Buteos. These ground squirrels are active throughout the day feeding primarily on grass roots but switching to grasshopper nymphs in mid-summer months.

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