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Grouping Seedivore / Omnivore
Nicknames Ground Squirrels, chippies
Best Known For Darting around the yard.  Standing upright and alert. Ground den excavation.  Distinctive striped back.
Life Span 1 to 3 years
Mating Season Early spring to late summer
Litter Size 2 to 5 per litter
Litters Per Year 2 litters per year.  Gestation period of 31 days.
Dispersal Local dispersal. Family unit is territorial.
Habitat Woodlands, woodlot edges, and homes with mature landscape cover.
Activity Cycle Diurnal, the become inactive through the winter remaining underground.
Food Seeds, nuts, grains, berries, bird eggs, and immature birds
Damage Signs Undermined brick, slate, stone pathways.  Chewed through pond liners.  Will occasionally gain entry into walls and attics causing damage and soiling insulation. Den entrance holes are 2" in diameter with a complex and extensive underground tunnel system.
Treatment Trapping to remove problem animals.  Exclude animal den site areas by filling voids and screening off access areas.
Diseases Flea carrier.  They are a primary deer tick (lyme disease) host.
Distinguishing Features Reddish/rust colored with brown stripes running down the back.  It caries its tail in an upright position.  Quick and sudden movements.  It has a chuck, chuck, chuck, vocalizations.


Bats Opossums
Beavers Pigeons
Birds Porcupines
Canada Geese Rabbits
Chipmunks Raccoons
Crows Rats
Deer Shrew
Flying Squirrels Skunks
Foxes Snakes
Ground Hogs Snapping Turtles
Mice Squirrels
Mink Starlings
Moles Voles
Muskrats Wood Peckers



S and S Wildlife Control, Inc. has the following Licenses and Wildlife Control Certifications

Licensed by the Pa. Game Commission
Licensed by Maryland DNR
Nationally Certified Wildlife Control Professionals N.W.C.O.A.



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