Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bushcraft - Central Texas Style - The Spotted Ground Squirrel

The spotted ground squirrel is a familiar inhabitant that is seen frequently in different areas of West Texas but can also be found in other dry, sandy areas of the state. This ground-dwelling squirrel normally lives in long, shallow burrows in the sand.  A slight mound of sand, usually hidden by clumps of vegetation, is often the only indication of the entrance to their burrows. The average weight of a spotted ground squirrel is between 4 and 5 ounces and they can be as long as 8 or 9 inches if you include the tail. 

These squirrels are quite small and very quick. They are easily missed if you aren't watching carefully because their color blends in with the sand perfectly. These ground-dwelling squirrels are easily identified by the scattered and numerous white spots that can be seen on their backs. The ground squirrel in the above picture was spotted by Lil’ RW, my grandson, who is pretty good at spotting little critters.

One of the primary things you should always be aware of when practicing bushcraft is the type of plants and animals that live and are found in your area. There will be fewer surprises from nature when you do.

Got ground squirrels?

Staying above the water line!


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