Wildlife Wednesday – The Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel

Look closely, it’s WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY!
The thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus) actually has 12 dark and 11 light stripes on its back – OOPS! These ground squirrels inhabit open short to mid-grass prairies, golf courses, cemeteries, airports and other sites with expanses of mowed grass. The thirteen-lined ground squirrel hibernates about six months out of the year. This species is the eastern “prairie dog”. In the western United States, there are 25 species of ground squirrels and prairie dogs.
Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources