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Ground Squirrel

Afrikaans name: Waaierstertgrondeekhoring

Ground Squirrel

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Interesting facts about Ground Squirrels

The Ground Squirrel, also known as the Cape or South African Ground Squirrel, is found in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Males are slightly bigger than females but the difference is not obvious. Interestingly they have a black skin. They weigh around 500 grams.

Ground Squirrels live in dry open habitats where they make their burrows. They are sociable creatures but they don't live in very large groups. The larger groups are typically all males. 2 to 3 females may form a group with their immature offspring.

They eat a variety of things including insects, bulbs and grass.

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References

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 156

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 110

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 420

List of South African Mammals

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