- Head and body 5-6 in. (127-152 mm); tail
- Weight 2 3/10-4 ½ oz (65-127 g)
- Squirrel-like; runs with bushy tail straight
- Facial stripes
- Side and back stripes end at reddish rump
- Skull has 20 teeth
Deciduous forests, brushy areas.
Are solitary except for mother and young. Feed on seeds, bulbs, fruits,
nuts, insects, meat, eggs; stores food underground. Hibernates, but may
come aboveground in the middle of the winter. Their home range is usually
less than 10 yards across. They can live 3 or more years in the wild,
8 years in captivity.
A Field Guide to the Mammals Peterson Field Guide William H. Burt/Richard P.
Grossenheider 3rd Edition Houghton Mifflin Co. 1980