Columbian Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus columbianus)

Columbian Ground Squirrel

Location: Orient Washington

Information: Lewis and Clark actually wrote about this little rodent and how tasty they were. You can read about that account on this page:

Discovering Lewis and Clark

Identification: The primary means of identifying the Columbian Ground squirrel is by looking at it’s back and tail which has a black and white pattern. It is located primarily in and around the Columbia river. The other indicator is the distinct white eye line and the cinnamon coloring on the belly and face.

Federation of Alberta Naturalists


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