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Obligate Hibernation

Animals exhibit many different types of dormancy. One of them, hibernation, refers to inactivity and metabolic depression associated with low temperatures or food deprivation. Hibernation is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing and reduced heart rate and a low … Continue reading

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Ground Squirrel Hibernation

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Recently Leonard and I were walking along the road to Schonchin Springs near Little Medicine Lake (Siskiyou County CA). This golden-mantled ground squirrel (Citellus lateralis) sat watching us and practically begged to be photographed. He (?) was such a cute … Continue reading

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Yellow Bellied Marmot

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The rock outcrops on the northwest corner of Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA) are perfect habitat for yellow bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris). These large rodents, belonging to the ground squirrel family,  inhabit rock slides, talus slopes, lava beds and … Continue reading

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California Ground Squirrel

Thirteen species of ground squirrels are native to the Pacific States. All make nests in the ground and have cheek pouches for transporting food to their burrows. They are rather easy to distinguish because of their varying patterns of stripes, spots … Continue reading

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Dinner Guest

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In colder climates the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) fattens up in the late summer and fall. Then during bitter weather it can remain in its den for weeks at a time without eating or drinking. It awakens easily and when the … Continue reading

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