ground squirrel


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ground squirrel any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
    • n ground squirrel small striped semiterrestrial eastern American squirrel with cheek pouches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Badgers and coyotes hunt ground squirrels together. The badger tracks the squirrel and digs into its tunnels, and the coyote catches it when it tries to escape.
    • Ground squirrel (Zoöl) One of numerous species of burrowing rodents of the genera Tamias and Spermophilus, having cheek pouches. The former genus includes the Eastern striped squirrel or chipmunk and some allied Western species; the latter includes the prairie squirrel or striped gopher, the gray gopher, and many allied Western species. See Chipmunk, and Gopher.
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In literature:

This branch, which was very slender, bent down half way to the ground under the squirrel's weight.
"Forests of Maine" by Jacob S. Abbott
The squirrel saw that the gigantic figure on the ground did not move, and that the light in the eyes was friendly.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Before the squirrel can dodge around the tree it strikes him in the head, and, as he falls to the ground, my Ohitika is upon him.
"Indian Child Life" by Charles A. Eastman
The squirrels made their winter burrows in the ground about the old stumps.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
The ground was soft, covered with brown dead leaves, and he tried to see the rabbit rustling among them, or the hasty springing of a squirrel.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
But the homely old saying that "it is hard to keep a squirrel on the ground" was never better exemplified than in his case.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
So far only two species of fleas have been recorded from the ground-squirrels.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
The grounds around the Squirrel Inn were interesting and attractive, and with them Stephen Petter had interfered very little.
"The Squirrel Inn" by Frank R. Stockton
He had seen her run, screaming in genuine fright, from a ground squirrel.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
The bivouac was in the neighborhood of the Ground Squirrel bridge.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Traveling lightly across open ground, a squirrel upends a brigand sapling.
"Sympathetic Magic" by Paul Cameron Brown
Rabbits, ground squirrels, one lone skunk, and even an occasional coyote, darted past them.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
The ground squirrel alone said a good word for man.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
But the Sun Maid was on her feet at once, tenderly laying upon the ground the wounded squirrel which she had held upon her lap.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
Observing that there were a number of ground-squirrels about, she thought of snares to catch them.
"My Dark Companions" by Henry M. Stanley
Burrows of the thirteen-striped ground squirrel were numerous in the sedges.
"The Mammals of Warren Woods, Berrien County, Michigan" by Lee Raymond Dice
Alcorn found these ground squirrels locally abundant, especially in the vicinity of Whitehorse in Yukon Territory.
"Mammals taken Along the Alaska Highway" by Rollin H. Baker
The cold weather had driven the ground squirrels into their holes and even the rabbits stuck close to cover.
"Connie Morgan in Alaska" by James B. Hendryx
He is that little squirrel who lives in the ground and has two big pockets in his cheeks.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
A good deal of the time he is looking on the ground for a mouse, or a ground squirrel, or a rat, or some creature that he likes to eat.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

Like scattered fire the wild fruit strews
The ground beneath the blowing tree,
And there the busy squirrel hews
His deep and secret granary.
"Autumn" by Francis Ledwidge

In news:

A ground squirrel collected in the wild near Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains was found with fleas carrying bacteria that can cause Bubonic plague , the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health announced Tuesday.
Air Force's New Target: Mojave Ground Squirrel .
Air Force's New Target: Mojave Ground Squirrel.
A hibernating 13-lined ground squirrel.
Not a sound of civilization to be heard, only the occasional "plip" of an acorn hitting the ground and the rushing of leaves as a squirrel hops from tree to tree.
Historically, positive test results have occurred routinely among ground squirrels in the mountain region.
Authorities in Riverside County, California, said Tuesday that a ground squirrel has tested positive for exposure to fleas infected with the bacteria that can cause plague.
Planting tulip bulbs just before the ground freezes keeps squirrels from digging them up.
It seems to have been a banner year for all three species of these ground-dwelling squirrels of the Sonoran Desert, as they have dug up many a front and back yard this past spring.
Authorities in Riverside County, California, said Tuesday that a ground squirrel has tested positive for exposure to fleas infected with the bacteria that can cause plague .
The black-tailed prairie dog is a member of the squirrel family and is closely related to the ground squirrel.
The squirrel plunges to the ground and is okay as he scurries to freedom.
We have had further damage from ground squirrels, chipmunks, and mice.
This near disaster is caused by twelve-year-old Ben Lucas's "Great Idea"—to lasso a ground squirrel with an orange slipknot.
This near disaster is caused by twelve-year-old Ben Lucas's "Great Idea"—to lasso a ground squirrel with an orange slipknot .