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Arctic Ground Squirrels Muscle Up To Hunker Down
2011-09-18 05:20:58

When Arctic ground squirrels are getting ready to hibernate they don't just get fat – they pack on muscle at a rate that would make a bodybuilder jealous.

2011-07-27 13:35:52

Hibernation is an essential survival strategy for some animals and scientists have long thought it could also hold promise for human survival.


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Spotted Ground Squirrel, Xerospermophilus spilosoma
2012-07-25 13:55:23

The spotted ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus spilosoma) is native to west and central United States and south and central Mexico. Its United States range includes Nebraska, South Dakota, western Texas, western Kansas, eastern Arizona and most of New Mexico. Its preferred habitat includes deep, sandy soil with limited vegetation. It can be found in burrows within sand hills, and may occupy abandoned prairie dog burrows. The burrows can also be found on mesas with short grass, or along...

Belding’s Ground Squirrel, (Urocitellus beldingi)
2012-04-23 06:16:30

Belding’s ground squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi), is also known as sage rat, picket-pin, or pot gut. This ground squirrel resides on mountains in the western United States, ranging from parts of Washington and Oregon, to central California and southwestern Idaho and even into the extremities of northwestern Utah. In California, between Kings Canyon and Lake Tahoe, the Belding’s ground squirrel will live in meadows at altitudes of 6,500 to 11,800 feet. This squirrel is of least concern on...

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2007-08-14 04:00:56

The Thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus), also known as the Striped Gopher, is a brownish ground squirrel with 13 alternating brown and whitish longitudinal lines (sometimes partially broken into spots) on back and sides creating rows of whitish spots within dark lines. It is a diurnal species and is very active on warm days. It can run at speeds up to 8 mph and will reverse direction if chased. The length of this animal is between 6.75 and 11.66 inches long with...

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2007-08-14 03:55:22

Richardson's Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii), is a ground squirrel native to North America. It is found mainly in the northern states of the United States, such as North Dakota, and in southern Canada, such as southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan. The range of this animal expanded as forests were cleared to create farm land. It lives in short grass prairies and has also adapted to suburban environments. A typical adult is about 12 inches long. Weight varies greatly with...

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2007-08-13 03:31:51

The Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii), is a species of ground squirrel native to the Arctic Circle. They can be found in regions of Northern Canada ranging from the Arctic Circle down to the southern border of the Northwest Territories. They are also found in Alaska and Siberia. It inhabits dry arctic tundra and open meadows. The Arctic ground squirrel has a beige and tan coat with a white-spotted back. This squirrel has a short face, small ears, a dark tail and white markings...

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scriggle
  • To writhe; struggle or twist about with more or less force; wriggle.
  • To scribble, jot.
The word 'scriggle' is likely an alteration of 'wiggle'.
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