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Arctic Ground Squirrel 

Traits: Large, reddish ground squirrel flecked with white; has a very small tail

Habitat: Well-drained soil of lowland and alpine tundra

Foods: Shoots and leaves of tundra plants, berries, insect larvae, bird eggs, carrion

Eaten by: Foxes, wolves, wolverines, brown bears, golden eagles, rough-legged hawks, snowy owls

Do You Know? This mammal hibernates for seven months each year.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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