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Class Mammals
Order Rodentia
Family Sciuridae
Zoo section Nature trail Park
Habitat Grasslands
IUCN Status Least concern
Diet

Mainly herbivorous, feeding on herbaceous plants but also on a wide range of insects.

Lifespan

Up to 8 years in the wild and captivity, but a lot less on average.

Canadian status

Threatened.

Reproduction

From the age of 2 years old, mating takes place in mid-April. 4 to 5 young are born in late May after an approximate 38 day gestation period and are weaned after 7 weeks.

Predators

Black-footed ferret, American badger, Western rattlesnake, birds of prey, coyote, red fox and sometimes bobcat.

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