Southern Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and south through Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, and much of Mexico.
Open rocky areas.
A large, bushy-tailed ground squirrel; upperparts grayish brown, the hind back and rump more brownish; tail mixed buff and brown, edged with white; underparts white or pinkish.
They can often be spotted perched on rocks. Unlike other squirrels, rock squirrels are rarely seen climbing trees. They find shelter below ground in a burrow which they dig. However, they are frequently found in areas of human habitation, where they den under sheds, in lumber piles, and even junk cars. They are identified by a sharp, trembling whistle.
Gestation period 30 days with 3-9 young.
|Length:||17-21 in. (468 mm); tail, 7-10 in. (172-252 mm)|
|Weight:||21-28 oz. (600-800 g.)|
|Wild Diet:||Seeds, nuts, insects, eggs, carrion.|
|Zoo Diet:||Seeds, nuts, insects, eggs.|
|USFWS Status:||Not Listed|
|CITES Status:||Not Listed|