The Arctic Ground Squirrel is a small, rodent-like creature that is found in the colder climates of the world.
They are well adapted to life in the Arctic, with their thick orange fur and sharp claws that help them dig tunnels and escape predators.
These squirrels live in burrows that they dig themselves, and eat a variety of foods including seeds, nuts, insects, and even carrion. They are also known to store food for later use.
Least Concern (LC)
It is the only known mammal that allows its body temperature to drop below freezing.
The Eskimo name for this animal, "Sik sik", derives from it's "sik-sik-sik" warning call.
This Arctic rodent can hibernate for almost three quarters of the year.
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