(Arctic ground squirrel)
A litter of Arctic ground squirrels venture out to forage and play. For Arctic ground squirrels litter size at birth averaged 5.8 (n=14), and at first emergence, 3.6 (n=29), although the average number that emerged increased to 4.2 with supplemental food and artifical protection from predators (Karels, et. al., 2000).
Image Date: 2011
Image Species: Urocitellus parryii
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