Antelope squirrels may be small in size, but they have big personalities and fascinating social structures. These little critters are found throughout the western United States, from Arizona to Oregon, and are known for their unique behaviors and communication methods.
One interesting aspect of antelope ground squirrels is their social life. They live in groups that are usually composed of a dominant male and several females. These groups will often share burrow systems, which can consist of a complex network of tunnels and chambers that provide protection from predators and extreme weather conditions.
When it comes to food, antelope ground squirrels are primarily herbivorous. Their diet consists of seeds, nuts, fruits, and leaves, but they have also been known to occasionally eat insects and other small animals. Their habitat is typically in open, arid areas such as grasslands, deserts, and shrublands.
Communication is another key aspect of antelope ground squirrel behavior. They use a variety of vocalizations and body language to communicate with one another, such as chirping, tail flicking, and chasing. These communication methods are important for maintaining social order and coordinating group activities.
Interestingly, in the summer I wrote about Richardson’s ground squirrels, which are also unique and fascinating creatures. Unlike antelope squirrels, Richardson’s ground squirrels are highly social and live in large colonies that can consist of hundreds of individuals. They have complex communication systems, including alarm calls that alert the group to potential predators.
I recently captured an antelope ground squirrel on my trail camera, and was surprised at first because I thought it was a Richardson’s ground squirrel. However, I quickly noticed the distinctive black stripes and realized it was an antelope ground squirrel, living its solitary lifestyle.
Antelope ground squirrels are fascinating creatures with unique social structures, communication methods, and diets. They may be small, but they play an important role in the ecosystems they inhabit. And while they may not be as social as Richardson’s ground squirrels, they are just as interesting in their own right.