Golden-mantled ground squirrels (Citellus lateralis Say) typically inhabit coniferous forest regions, but they occasionally occur in desert shrub habitats. The principal purpose of this study was to observe activities of mantled squirrels in a sagebrush community, and to ascertain factors which contribute to their success in an unusually arid habitat. Squirrels of this community belong to the subspecies C. l. lateralis; however, intergradation between typical C. l. lateralis and C. l. castanurus is evident. This community is in the Wasatch Mountains at an elevation of 5,750 feet, and in the Upper Sonoran Zone. These three conditions were not previously recorded for members of this subspecies.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Peterson, Dennis E., "A study of the golden-mantled ground squirrel (Citellus lateralis) in a sagebrush-grass community" (1967). Theses and Dissertations. 7849.
Ground squirrels; Rodents, Utah