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Ground Squirrel

Ground squirrel in Etosha National Park, Namibia

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  • ["Mature males sometimes form their own groups of up to twenty individuals."]

Ground squirrels are often found next to the roads in Etosha and are common throughout the park.

They live in loose colonies of four to six females and males and dig burrows in softer soils. Mature males sometimes form their own groups of up to twenty individuals, these groups are called bands.

They use their tails as sunshades and are frequently seen on the roadside resting during the heat of the day with their tails flopped forward over their heads. Ground squirrels forage for roots, seeds, fruits, pods, grains, insects, small vertebrates and bird eggs.

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