Spermophilus variegatus (Rock Squirrel)
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Habitat: Canyons and broken terrain with rocky areas.

Habits: Rock Squirrels look a lot like tree squirrels, but burrow underground. The diet includes seeds, nuts, berries and insects. They hibernate lightly, emerging every 6 weeks or so during the winter, and hunt for food and bask in the sun during daylight hours. They usually are solitary or found in small, loosely organized colonies. Rock Squirrels have up to two litters per year, with four or five young being born in each litter.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

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