Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family
Description Unique with reddish-brown back that is flecked with whitish spots. Spring-summer pelage is reddish-brown while fall-winter fur is grayish, with a cinnamon-brown head color. Males are larger. Both sexes get much heavier just before hibernation.
Dimensions 330-490mm, 80-150mm, 530-816g
Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams, Beaches, shorelines & estuaries, Meadows & fields
Range Western Canada, Alaska
Discussion Northernmost ground squirrel, it hibernates for seven winter months. Feed on leaves, seeds, and berries as well as carrion and insects. Burrows are limited to areas where permafrost is below 1m, allowing for deep tunnels. Alarm calls include a shrill whistle or sharp “cheek-chick” call. Found in tundra and mountain meadows above the timberline.