Becky's Squares

October Squares: Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

This is my contribution for day 13 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge and a shot I delayed posting until the thirteenth.

For day 13 I give you a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel in the spring looking for some fresh grass to eat. Taken near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

October Squares: Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

19 replies on “October Squares: Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel”

I hand’t even thought about matching number of lines to the day, such a brilliant idea. I know though that even if I had come across a 13 lined one I would never have matched this one for the quality of photography and handsomeness of sitter!

And as a side note. I have never worked out which lines to include when adding up the 13 needed for the species name.

Apparently it is the alternating brown and white longitudinal lines you count, even the ones that are more spots then lines!!

I’ve long had a theory that some of the naturalists that named some of the North American bird species with common English names were colour blind. Maybe some were numerically dyslexic.

You do have to wonder at some of the names given to animals and plants!
He’s a handsome fellow!

Unless the markings help break up the shape. It is smaller than the other ground squirrels found in the area. The Chipmunks we get around here have stripes on their backs. Maybe the stripes serve the same purpose.

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