Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels

Ictidomys tridecemlineatus

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Overview

The Thirteen-lined ground squirrel is much rarer in the UK than the Richardsons Ground Squirrel although the price is similar. Comparable in size to a rat, it has thirteen stripes across the back similar to a chipmunk. Unlike a chipmunk however, it has no striping to the face.

Thirteen-lined ground squirrels growl when angry, and can also make a whistling sound some have likened to bird song. They are very active creatures, so would benefit from a solid based large wheel to exercise in.

Diet and care requirements are similar to theĀ Richardsons Ground Squirrels with them needing a large cage with room provided for burrowing opportunities.

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