ground squirrel

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ground squirrel (gopher) Small, terrestrial squirrel native to Eurasia and North America. Ground squirrels eat plants, seeds, insects, small animals and sometimes eggs. Most have greyish-red to brown fur and some are striped or spotted. Length: to 40.5cm (16in); weight: 85–1000g (0.1–2.2lb). Family Sciuridae; genus Citellus (and others).