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The California Ground Squirrel

Nature volume 158, pages 771772 (30 November 1946) | Download Citation



THE Californian ground squirrel, Citellus beecheyi (Richardson seems to have received more attention than any other wild animal in California, probably owing to the fact that cultivation is often followed by an enormous increase in its numbers. The observations recorded in the present work were made during the period October 1937–44, mainly on the Hastings Natural History Reservation, an area of grassland in Monterey County, California, ranging from about 1,500 to 2,750 ft. in height, and free from artificial disturbance. The author studied the habitat and general behaviour of this squirrel and devoted particular attention to the manner in which it adapts itself to changes in its environment.

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